What Happened in February 1906

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Feb 1 Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured
  • Feb 2 Pope encyclical against separation of church & state
  • Feb 9 Natal proclaims state of siege in Zulu uprising
  • Feb 10 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design
  • Feb 10 State of siege proclaimed in Zululand

Music Premiere

Feb 12 George M. Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 15 British Labour Party founded

Music History

Feb 18 Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne" premieres in Paris

  • Feb 19 W.K. Kellogg (after falling out with brother over development credit and wanting to add sugar to cereal) joins Charles D. Bolin in founding the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg's
  • Feb 22 Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in Los Angeles, California

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 23 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Feb 24 Tomas Estrada Palma defeats Jose Gomez in the election for president of Cuba, but Gomez and his followers refuse to accept results and sponsor an uprising
  • Feb 27 France and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
  • Feb 28 Stanley Cup: Ottawa HC beats Queen's University (Kingston, ON), 12-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • Feb 1 Hildegarde [Sell], American cabaret vocalist (“Leave It To The Girls"; "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup"), born in Adell, Wisconsin (d. 2005)
  • Feb 1 Pierre Capdevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1969)
  • Feb 3 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), born in Etawah, India (d. 1989)
  • Feb 3 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), born in Borge, Norway (d. 2001)
  • Feb 4 Clyde William Tombaugh, American astronomer (discovered Pluto)
  • Feb 4 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist (Confessing Church)
  • Feb 5 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 1988)
  • Feb 7 Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
  • Feb 7 Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • Feb 8 Artur Balsam, Polish-American classical pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1994)
  • Feb 8 Chester F. Carlson, American inventor (photocopy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1968)
  • Feb 8 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), born in Tysmenitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Feb 9 André Kostolany, stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
  • Feb 9 Gwen Catley, British coloratura soprano, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Feb 10 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), born in El Reno, Indian Territory (d. 1990)
  • Feb 10 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, born in Calne (d. 1994)
  • Feb 10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • Feb 10 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Larry Talbot-The Wolf Man, Lennie Small-Of Mice and Men), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • Feb 10 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • Feb 11 Denis Barnett, British air chief marshal (WWII, Suez Canal) (d. 1992)
  • Feb 13 Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)
  • Feb 15 Stephen Brown, CEO (Stone-Platt Industries)
  • Feb 16 Vera Menchik, Russian-born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • Feb 17 Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • Feb 17 Ramon Tapales, Filipino composer and conductor, born in Baybay, Philippines (d. 1995)
  • Feb 18 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and eponym of Asperger syndrome, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer (Penillion), born in Barry, Wales (d. 1977)
  • Feb 19 Hendrik Spruit, Dutch conductor and composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (now Daugavpils, Latvia) (d. 1976)
  • Feb 20 Gale Gordon [Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr], American actor and comedian (Our Miss Brooks; Dennis The Menace; The Lucy Show; Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • Feb 20 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1978)
  • Feb 22 Edmund von Borck, composer
  • Feb 24 Alexis Curvers, Belgian author (Tempo di Roma, Bourg-le-Rond)
  • Feb 25 Boris Papandopulo, Croatian composer, born in Bad Honnef, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Feb 25 Domingo Ortega, Spanish bullfighter
  • Feb 25 Howard Zahniser, Father of Wilderness Act
  • Feb 25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Feb 26 Madeleine Carroll, British actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England (d. 1987)
  • Feb 26 Nikos Ghika, Greek artist, born in Athens (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)
  • Feb 27 Mal Matheson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (2 Tests) and rugby union Test referee (Australia v NZ 1946), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1985)

Bugsy Siegel

Feb 28 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)


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Famous Weddings

  • Feb 17 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House

Famous Deaths

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Feb 9 Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • Feb 10 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, dies at 78
  • Feb 13 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, dies at 39
  • Feb 18 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer, dies at 75
  • Feb 18 Willem Doorenbos, Dutch literary and critic, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Johann Hoch, US murderer, executed
  • Feb 25 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • Feb 26 Manuel Fernandez Caballero, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 27 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, dies at 71