What Happened in February 1912

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)
  • Feb 7 2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40)
  • Feb 8 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 8 British Emissary journeys to Berlin to suggest that Britain might support German colonial aspirations in Africa if Germany agrees to hold her current naval strength
  • Feb 9 US Tennis Association amends rule taking bye away from defending champion
  • Feb 10 Hobbs & Rhodes make 323 cricket opening stand v Aust at MCG
  • Feb 12 China adopts Gregorian calendar
  • Feb 12 Last Ch'ing (Manchu) Emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates
  • Feb 13 England regains the Ashes
  • Feb 14 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Connecticut
  • Feb 14 Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
  • Feb 15 Schooner 'Fram' reaches latitude 78° 41' S, farthest south ever by ship
  • Feb 16 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • Feb 20 Argentina beat the MCC in their inaugural cricket 1st-class fixture
  • Feb 22 J Vedrines makes 1st airplane flight over 100 mph-161.29 kph
  • Feb 25 Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
  • Feb 26 Coal miners strike in Britain (settle on 1st March)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • Feb 28 Victor Trumper's last Test Cricket innings c Woolley b Barnes 50

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Burton Lane, Broadway composer (Finian's Rainbow)
  • Feb 2 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Feb 2 Millvina Dean, last living survivour of the RMS Titanic.
  • Feb 3 Jacques Soustelle, French minister of information

Person of interestByron Nelson

Feb 4 Byron Nelson, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Golfer Byron Nelson
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Byron Nelson
  • Feb 4 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1993)
  • Feb 4 James Craig [Meador], American actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • Feb 4 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • Feb 4 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, archbishop of Quebec (d. 2006)
  • Feb 5 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 5 Zoltan Pongracz, composer
  • Feb 6 Eva Braun, mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born Munich Germany
  • Feb 7 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • Feb 7 Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist {d. 1981}
  • Feb 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer
  • Feb 9 Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist
  • Feb 10 Lord Orr-Ewing [Charles Ian], great-grandson of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, Bt
  • Feb 11 Roy Fuller, Failsworth, Lancashire, English poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • Feb 12 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • Feb 12 Ernest Clark, British actor (Ghandi, The Dam Busters, Doctor in the House), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Feb 12 R. F. Delderfield, English author (d. 1972)
  • Feb 13 Jose de Capriles, American fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • Feb 13 Margaretta Scott, British actress (Crescendo, Where's Charley, Counterblast), born in Westminster, London (d. 2005)
  • Feb 14 Edmund George Love, American teacher/historian/author (A Small Bequest)=
  • Feb 14 Juan Pujol Garcia, [Garbo/Arabel], Spanish British/German double agent
  • Feb 14 Oliver Wendell Harrington, cartoonist
  • Feb 14 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (d. 1988)
  • Feb 15 George Mikes, Hungarian British writer (How to Be an Alien)
  • Feb 16 Arthur Crook, British editor (Times Literary Supplement)
  • Feb 16 Bob Tadema Sporry, Dutch (female) author
  • Feb 16 Del Sharbutt, Cleburne Tx, TV announcer (Your Hit Parade)
  • Feb 16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • Feb 16 Maitland Mackie, Lord Lt (Aberdeenshire)
  • Feb 17 Alice "Andre" Norton, American sci-fi author (The Time Traders, The Zero Stone), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)
  • Feb 19 Peter Francis de Sautoy, publisher
  • Feb 19 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • Feb 21 Arline Judge, American actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1974)
  • Feb 21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • Feb 21 Patrick Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • Feb 24 Julius Kowalski, composer
  • Feb 25 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), born Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England (d. 1975)
  • Feb 27 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • Feb 27 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Coing, German lawyer/director (Max-Planck-institute)
  • Feb 28 Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 10 Joseph Lister, British surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic surgery), dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Edgar Evans, British explorer (Antarctica), dies
  • Feb 16 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • Feb 17 Aloys von Aerenthal, foreign minister (Austria-Hungary), dies at 57
  • Feb 22 Richard Andree, German geographer (Andree's Handatlas), dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1852)
  • Feb 28 Bill Storer, English cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies