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 élégique)
  • 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 in Philadelphia

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 6 A W "Dooley" Briscoe, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's)

Person of interestRonald Reagan

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Feb 8 Anne Aitken, [nee Hopkins], co-found (Diamond Sangha), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth Bishop, US 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 12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 12 Frank Hercules, writer
  • Feb 12 Sylvstre A Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • Feb 12 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
  • Feb 13 Jean Muir Fullarton, American actress and educator (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family), born in Suffern, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 14 Willem J Kolff, Dutch/US internist/inventor (Artificial Kidney)
  • Feb 15 Leonard Woodcock, labor leader (UAW)
  • Feb 16 Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase)
  • Feb 19 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1979)
  • Feb 19 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • Feb 20 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1982)
  • Feb 20 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb 22 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 23 G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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 von Rothschild, baron/Austrian banker, dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
  • Feb 18 Bill Murdoch, cricketer, dies while watching Aust v South Africa Test
  • Feb 20 Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer, dies at 76