What Happened in February 1904

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 John Millington Synge's play "Well of Saints" premieres in Dublin
  • Feb 5 American occupation of Cuba ends
  • Feb 6 Japan notifies Russia that in view of Russia's delaying tactics and provocative military action, Japan is ending negotiations and recalling its members from Moscow
  • Feb 7 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • Feb 9 Japanese land troops at Chemulpo (Inchon), near Seoul, Korea; within the next three weeks they will have advanced to the Yalu River, border of Manchuria
  • Feb 10 Japan and Russia declare war

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 17 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Feb 21 National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming Mich
  • Feb 22 The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina; the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.
  • Feb 22 The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy
  • Feb 23 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
  • Feb 23 Having occupied Korea, Japan signs a treaty with Korea under which it becomes a Japanese protectorate in return for Japanese protection from other powers
  • Feb 25 J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
  • Feb 25 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
  • Feb 28 Football club Sport Lisboa (Benfica) founded in Lisbon, Portugal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 2 Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
  • Feb 2 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
  • Feb 3 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal
  • Feb 3 Luigi Dallapiccola, Pisino Istria, Italian composer
  • Feb 3 Roger Makins, diplomat
  • Feb 4 Herman B. Wiardi Beckman, Dutch politician (SDAP)/resistance fighter
  • Feb 4 MacKinlay Kantor, Webster City Iowa, novelist (Andersonville)
  • Feb 4 Predrag Milosevic, composer
  • Feb 7 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Feb 7 Alison Leggatt, British character actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), born in Kensington, London (d. 1990)
  • Feb 8 Igor' Fyodorovich Belza, composer
  • Feb 10 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1963)
  • Feb 11 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79)

Person of interestKeith Holyoake

Feb 11 Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), born in Pahiatua, New Zealand (d. 1983)

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
New Zealand Prime Minister
Keith Holyoake
  • Feb 12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 14 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer
  • Feb 14 Hanning Phillips, Lord Lieutenant (Dyfed)
  • Feb 14 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist
  • Feb 15 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • Feb 15 Mary Adshead, muralist/painter
  • Feb 16 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
  • Feb 16 George F Kennan, US ambassador (to Moscow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 16 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • Feb 17 Albert Kuyle, [Louis Kuitenbrouwer], Dutch writer (Jesus' Robe)
  • Feb 17 Hans Morgenthau, German political philosopher (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
  • Feb 19 Havank, [HF vqan der Kallen], Dutch thriller writer (St Eustache)
  • Feb 20 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • Feb 20 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1971)
  • Feb 20 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1988)
  • Feb 21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • Feb 22 Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of Jose Herrera)
  • Feb 23 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)
  • Feb 23 William L Shirer, historian (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich)
  • Feb 25 Adelle Davis, author (Lets Stay Healthy)/nutritionist (died of cancer)
  • Feb 27 James Thomas Farrell, American author (Studs Lonigan trilogy)
  • Feb 27 Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor and director (Innocent Heart), born in Belgium (d. 1930)
  • Feb 27 Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 27 André Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • Feb 27 Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • Feb 29 Alan Richardson, composer
  • Feb 29 Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
  • Feb 29 John "Pepper" Martin, baseballer (NL stolen base leader 1933,34,36)
  • Feb 29 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen, longest ever personal name, born in Bergedorf, Germany (d. 1997) disputed date
  • Feb 29 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian/writer, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 William C. Whitney, American financier and 31st United States Secretary of the Navy, dies at 62
  • Feb 10 John A. Roche, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)
  • Feb 20 Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Leslie Stephen, English writer and critic (b. 1832)
  • Feb 23 Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian homeopath doctor and founder of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, dies at 70