On This Day

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 10 -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
  • Feb 11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • 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 Future England cricket captain Pelham Warner scores an unbeaten 132 on his Test debut in a 32 run win over South Africa in the 1st Test in 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, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3-2 to sweep series, 2-0 for CAHL
  • Feb 20 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • Feb 24 Western Washington University is established
  • Feb 28 Legislative Assembly of the Territory of New Mexico passes legislation founding the University of New Mexico, to be established in (or near) Albuquerque

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1983)
  • 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 & 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, French composer (one of Les Six), born in Lodève, Hérault, France (d. 1983)
  • 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 19 Louis "Kid Shots" Madison, American jazz cornetist (WPA Brass Band; Eureka Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1948)
  • Feb 20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 20 Leon Woizikowsky, Polish dancer (Ballets Russes, 1916-29), ballet master and teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1975)
  • 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 Best, American-Canadian medical scientist and co-discoverer of insulin, born in West Pembroke, Maine (d. 1978)
  • Feb 27 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1960)

Famous Weddings

Herbert Hoover

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

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