On This Day

What Happened in February 1901

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization
  • Feb 2 Mexican government troops are ambushed by Yaqui Indians, 100 killed
  • Feb 2 The US Congress passes the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000
  • Feb 3 Dutch troops under Gen Van Heutsz conquer Batu Ilië on Sumatra

Historic Event

Feb 4 Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Joseph I, gives a speech condemning the demands of national groups and calls for economic and social reform

  • Feb 5 Loop-the-loop centrifugal RR (roller coaster) patented by Ed Prescot
  • Feb 5 Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp
  • Feb 12 Dutch Penitentiary children's law proclaimed
  • Feb 18 H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner

Historic Event

Feb 18 Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons.

  • Feb 20 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes
  • Feb 21 In Cuba, the constitutional delegates adopt a constitution much like that of the USA

Music Premiere

Feb 25 George M. Cohan's 1st Broadway musical "The Governor's Son"opens at the Savoy Theatre, NYC; runs for 32 performances

Historic Event

Feb 25 US Steel Corporation organized under J. P. Morgan, Sr.

Historic Event

Feb 26 British General Kitchener confers with Boer general Louis Botha about peace conditions, which break down over the question of amnesty for some Boers

  • Feb 27 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
  • Feb 27 A General Committee of National Liberal Federation meets and adopts a resolution deploring the continuation of the war in South Africa and condemning the British Government's insistence on unconditional surrender by the Boers

Famous Birthdays

Clark Gable

Feb 1 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With The Wind; It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio (d. 1960)

  • Feb 2 Connie Gilchrist, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • Feb 2 Jascha Heifetz, Russian-American violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall debut -1917), born in Vilnius, Russian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1987)
  • Feb 6 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • Feb 7 Bob den Doolaard [Cornelis Spoelstra], Dutch writer (Grape Pickers)
  • Feb 8 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska, Polish women's world champion archer
  • Feb 9 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • Feb 9 James Murray, American actor (The Crowd, The Shakedown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1936)
  • Feb 10 Stella Adler, American actress (My Girl Tisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 11 Roddy Connolly, Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
  • Feb 15 Andre Parrot, French archaeologist/theologist (Assur)
  • Feb 15 Christmas Humphreys, England, lawyer/writer/Buddhist (Awakening of Zen)
  • Feb 15 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Animisme)
  • Feb 15 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, born in Lovejoy's Station, Georgia (d. 1968) [some research gives birth year as 1896]
  • Feb 16 Chester Morris, American actor (Diagnosis: Unknown), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • Feb 16 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), born in Savannah Illinois (d. 1985)
  • Feb 18 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • Feb 19 Cor[nelis RJ] Kieboom, Dutch resistance fighter and chairman (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 20 Ali Muhammad Naguib, Khartoum, president of Egypt (1952-54)
  • Feb 20 Cecil H King, Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
  • Feb 20 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist
  • Feb 20 Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory) [or Dec 20]
  • Feb 20 René Jules Dubos, French US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)
  • Feb 20 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • Feb 22 Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
  • Feb 22 Mildred Davis, American actress (Grandma's Boy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • Feb 22 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist, filmmaker, born in Budapest (d. 1997)
  • Feb 23 Aartje W "Mien" van It Sant-van Bommel, author (Mieke-serial)
  • Feb 23 Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)
  • Feb 25 Federico Ghisi, Italian chemist, musicologist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Shanghai, China (d. 1975)
  • Feb 25 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 27 Marino Marini, Italian sculptor/painter
  • Feb 27 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (43 x stakes winners; Decidedly, Northern Dancer), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1991)

Linus Pauling

Feb 28 Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)

  • Feb 28 Rudolf W. Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 Benjamin Edward Woolf, composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 11 Milan I, King of Serbia, dies at 56
  • Feb 12 Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Colon), dies at 83
  • Feb 14 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 17 Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer (The Rosary; Narcissus), dies of a stroke at 38
  • Feb 21 George Francis FitzGerald, Irish mathematician (b. 1851)
  • Feb 25 Jose Rogel, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
  • Feb 26 Hsu Cheng-yu, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded