What Happened in February 1909

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens
  • Feb 1 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • Feb 2 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • Feb 8 France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco
  • Feb 9 1st US federal legislation on narcotics prohibits importation, possession, and use of "smoking opium"
  • Feb 12 American James Clark runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 12 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms

  • Feb 12 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)

Music Premiere

Feb 12 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

  • Feb 16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • Feb 16 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary

Sports History

Feb 18 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

  • Feb 20 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal "Le Figaro"
  • Feb 20 The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded in Detroit, Michigan by retail titan Joseph L. Hudson and other investors [1]
  • Feb 21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London

Historic Event

Feb 23 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

  • Feb 26 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation
  • Feb 28 1st National Woman's Day is observed in the United States. Organized by the Socialist Party of America in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • Feb 1 George Beverly Shea, Canadian-American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (Billy Graham Crusades, 1947-2013), born in Winchester, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • Feb 2 Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • Feb 3 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • Feb 3 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • Feb 3 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 4 (Arthur) "Artie" Bernstein, American jazz and session double bassist (The Dorsey Brothers), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1964)
  • Feb 4 Harold "Duke" Dejan, Creole-American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader (Olympia Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • Feb 4 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • Feb 4 Robert Coote, British actor (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir; Scaramouche), born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • Feb 5 Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist & composer, born in Łódź (d. 1969)
  • Feb 6 Israel Citkowitz, Polish-American composer (The Lambs), and pedagogue, born in Skierniewice, Poland (d. 1974)
  • Feb 7 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • Feb 9 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese vocalist and actress (Copacabana; Date With Judy), born in Marco de Canavezes, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • Feb 9 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69), born in Cherokee County, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Feb 9 Harald Genzmer, German composer, born in Blumenthal, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Feb 9 Heather Angel, British-American actress (Night in Montmartre; The Informer; The Last of the Mohicans; Lifeboat), born in Headington, Oxford, England (d. 1986)
  • Feb 9 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, Barbadian lawyer, civil rights activist and parliamentarian (d. 1996)
  • Feb 10 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • Feb 11 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • Feb 11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • Feb 12 Barry Wood [Louis Rappaport], American pop vocalist (Your Hit Parade; "We Did It Before (And We Can Do It Again)"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • Feb 14 A. Moses Klein, Canadian poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 15 Harold Beeley, British diplomat
  • Feb 15 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
  • Feb 16 Hugh Beaumont, American actor (The Mole People, Leave it to Beaver), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1982)
  • Feb 16 Jeffrey Lynn [Ragnar Godfrey Lind], American actor (Four Daughters, Roaring Twenties), born in Auburn, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Feb 16 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (McDonalds), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1998)
  • Feb 17 Jef Scherens, Belgian track cyclist (World C'ships gold sprint 1932-37, 47), born in Werchter, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Feb 18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Feb 18 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • Feb 20 Oscar Alemán, Argentine jazz and swing guitarist, and singer ("Rosa Madreselva"), born in Machagai, Chaco, Argentina (d. 1980)
  • Feb 21 George van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • Feb 21 Hans Erni, Swiss painter and sculptor, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Feb 21 Helen Octavia Dickens, American physician and gynaecologist (1st black women admitted to US College of Surgeons), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Feb 22 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • Feb 23 Anthony Ross [Rosenthal], American stage (Bus Stop), and screen character actor (The Telltale Clue), born in New York City (d. 1955)
  • Feb 24 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, born in Sauk City, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • Feb 24 Jean Yves Morvan Marin, broadcaster
  • Feb 24 Max Black, Dutch/British/American philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • Feb 24 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
  • Feb 24 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director and screenwriter (Theodora, Slave Empress), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1999)
  • Feb 25 Edgar Pangborn, American sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
  • Feb 25 Geoffrey Dummer, electronics engineer, first to build integrated circuit / microchip, born in Hull England (d. 2002)
  • Feb 25 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, born in Gloucester (d. 1996)
  • Feb 26 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), born in Chestertown, Maryland (d. 1989)
  • Feb 26 Fanny Cradock, English TV Chef and food critic, born in Leytonstone, England (d. 1994)
  • Feb 26 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • Feb 27 Elisabeth Welch, American born British-based singer (Stormy Weather, Over the Moon), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 2003)
  • Feb 28 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), born in La Harpe, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Feb 28 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), born in London (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Adolf Stoecker, German conservative politician, and reformer who founded the German Christian Social Party, dies at 73
  • Feb 3 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 4 John Clarkson, American Baseball HOF pitcher (Triple Crown 1889; no-hitter 1885; 3 × NL wins leader; 3 × NL strikeout leader; Chicago White Stockings, Boston Beaneaters), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • Feb 8 Catulle Mendès, French poet, dies at 67
  • Feb 8 Edouard Silas, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), dies in an avalanche while on a skiing excursion at 32

Geronimo

Feb 17 Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79