On This Day

What Happened in February 1911

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 6 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona
  • Feb 6 Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Feb 8 US helps overthrow President Miguel Devila of Honduras
  • Feb 17 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
  • Feb 18 The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
  • Feb 21 Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto, Berceuse élégiaque, in New York City
  • Feb 22 The Canadian Parliament resolves to maintain union with the British Empire, while controlling domestic fiscal affairs
  • Feb 24 Japan and the US conclude a treaty that continues restrictions on Japanese laborers
  • Feb 25 Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres at Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • Feb 2 Johan J "Jussi" Bjorling, Swedish tenor
  • Feb 3 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • Feb 3 Jesse Thomas, blues singer
  • Feb 3 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 6 Dooley Briscoe MC, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests; Transvaal) and soldier (Military Cross 1941), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1941)

Ronald Reagan

Feb 6 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

  • Feb 8 Anne Aitken [nee Hopkins], American co-founder of Diamond Sangha, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)
  • Feb 8 Henri Knap, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
  • Feb 9 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord
  • Feb 9 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • Feb 11 Alec Cairncross, chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • Feb 11 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), born in Fairfield, Iowa (d. 1946)
  • Feb 11 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • Feb 12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 12 Frank Hercules, Trinidadian-American novelist (On Leaving Paradise; Sunrise at Midnight), and teacher, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • Feb 12 Sylvstre A. Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • Feb 12 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
  • Feb 13 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, born in Suffern, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 14 Willem J. Kolff, Dutch-American internist & inventor (Artificial Kidney)
  • Feb 15 Leonard Woodcock, labor leader (UAW)
  • Feb 16 Hal Porter, Australian writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase), born in Albert Park, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Feb 19 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1979)
  • Feb 19 Nikola Hercigonja, Croatian composer, born in Vinkovci (d. 2000)
  • Feb 19 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1982)
  • Feb 20 Robert McBride, American composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2007)
  • Feb 22 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 23 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic
  • Feb 24 Konrad Lechner, composer
  • Feb 26 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia MP chairman
  • Feb 26 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75
  • Feb 5 Petrus A Cronjé, Transvaal Boer general, dies
  • Feb 7 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (6 Test for Australia 1893-96, 301 runs), dies at 40
  • Feb 11 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild, Austrian banker and member of the Rothschild banking family of Austria, dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
  • Feb 18 Billy Murdoch, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests Australia, 1 England; 2 x 100s; NSW, Sussex CCC, London CCC), dies from apoplexy at 56
  • Feb 20 Alexander Kopilov, Imperial Russian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, German-Baltic pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 22 Frances Harper, African-American abolinist, suffragist and writer (Iola Leroy), dies at 85