What Happened in February 1899

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Feb 4 The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces
  • Feb 6 Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • Feb 10 -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
  • Feb 11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • Feb 11 -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
  • Feb 12 -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
  • Feb 12 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Feb 13 -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
  • Feb 13 -1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La
  • Feb 13 -2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
  • Feb 14 US Congress begins using voting machines
  • Feb 16 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • Feb 16 President of France Félix Faure dies in office.
  • Feb 16 Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded
  • Feb 18 80°F recorded in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • Feb 18 Stanley Cup: Mont Shamrocks sweep Queens U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games
  • Feb 20 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • Feb 24 Western Washington University is established

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Feb 3 Doris Speed, British actress dubbed 'The Queen Mother of Soap' (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England (d. 1994)
  • Feb 3 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • Feb 3 João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • Feb 3 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • Feb 6 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1968)
  • Feb 7 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • Feb 12 Albert Huybrechts, Belgian composer, born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • Feb 14 John Herman Randall Jr., American philosopher (Western Man), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • Feb 14 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), born in Sušak, Croatia (d. 1985)
  • Feb 15 Gale Sondergaard, American actress (The Letter, Road to Rio), born in Litchfield, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • Feb 15 Georges Auric, Lodve France, Composer
  • Feb 15 Lillian Disney, wife of animator Walt Disney, born in Spalding, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • Feb 18 Arthur Bryant, English historian (King Charles II)
  • Feb 19 Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
  • Feb 20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 20 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)
  • Feb 22 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1943)
  • Feb 22 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • Feb 23 Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
  • Feb 23 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • Feb 24 Jacob Presser, Dutch historian/writer (Down-fall)
  • Feb 25 Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
  • Feb 26 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)
  • Feb 27 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1960)
  • Feb 27 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer
  • Feb 28 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
  • Feb 6 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, dies at 24 in mysterious circumstances
  • Feb 11 George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
  • Feb 16 Félix Faure, 6th President of the French Third Republic (1895-99), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 M Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
  • Feb 21 Sir George Bowen, British provincial governor and 5th Governor of New Zealand (1868-73), dies at 77
  • Feb 25 Paul Julius von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news agency, dies at 82