What Happened in February 1908

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 King Carlos I of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathizers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon
  • Feb 3 Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Feb 3 Foundation of Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece.

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Feb 7 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 8 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands

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Feb 10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Feb 11 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • Feb 11 Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
  • Feb 12 Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
  • Feb 12 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • Feb 18 1st US postage stamps in rolls issued
  • Feb 18 The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the 'Gentlemen's Agreement'
  • Feb 24 In 'Muller v Oregon', the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails 'liberty of contract'
  • Feb 25 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
  • Feb 27 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
  • Feb 27 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
  • Feb 28 Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Tehran
  • Feb 29 Dutch scientists produce solid helium

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Albie Booth, collegiate Hall of Fame football star (Yale)
  • Feb 1 Edward Staempfli, composer
  • Feb 1 George Pal, Hungarian/US director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons)
  • Feb 2 Cal Tinney, US comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One), born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
  • Feb 2 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, born in Radovljica, Slovenia (d. 1995)
  • Feb 2 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Feb 2 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • Feb 3 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 4 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Feb 4 Gordon Fraser, newscaster (All Star News), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Feb 5 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)
  • Feb 5 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress, born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Amintore Fanfani, premier of Italy
  • Feb 6 Edward Lansdale, general/model (Quiet American, Ugly American)
  • Feb 6 Thomas Dorrington Tomlinson, national Park Warden
  • Feb 7 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • Feb 8 Grigor Eghiazaryan, composer
  • Feb 8 Leslie Kenneth O'Brien, Lord O'Brien of Lothbury, missionary
  • Feb 8 Myron McCormick, American actor (Hustler, Jolson Sings Again), born in Albany, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • Feb 9 Jackie Fields, American featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • Feb 10 Jean Coulthard, composer
  • Feb 11 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • Feb 11 Vivian [Ernest] Fuchs, geologist/explorer (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Feb 12 Jacques Herbrand, French logician and mathematician (d. 1931)
  • Feb 12 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (d. 1982)
  • Feb 12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Gerald Strang, Claresholm Canada, composer
  • Feb 13 Pauline Frederick, journalist/correspondent (UN, NBC TV)
  • Feb 13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 15 Sidney Gilliat, producer
  • Feb 15 Ypk fan der Fear, Frisian writer (Reade Runen)
  • Feb 15 Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Staats Cotsworth, American actor (Hamlet, Peyton Place), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Feb 17 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • Feb 18 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • Feb 20 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1)
  • Feb 20 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix
  • Feb 22 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), born in North Elmham, Norfolk, England (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 Romulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)
  • Feb 23 William McMahon, PM of Australia (Liberal) (1971-72)
  • Feb 25 Frank G Slaughter, author (Sangaree)
  • Feb 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
  • Feb 26 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 26 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • Feb 28 Billie Bird, American actress (Jury Duty), born in Pocatello, Idaho (d. 2002)
  • Feb 28 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
  • Feb 29 Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
  • Feb 29 Balthus, painter (Valerie)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Carlos I, King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by Republican sympathisers at 44
  • Feb 10 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist, Nationalist and a founder of Egyptian National Party, dies at 33
  • Feb 14 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 21 Harriet Hosmer, American neoclassical sculptor, dies at 77
  • Feb 23 Johannes Friedrich August von Esmarch, German surgeon (b. 1823)
  • Feb 24 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger
  • Feb 29 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)