What Happened in February 1914

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
  • Feb 1 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • Feb 1 Tanganyika Railway opens
  • Feb 2 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 4 US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law

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Feb 7 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 7 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
  • Feb 8 General Zamon becomes President of Haiti

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 In accordance with the understanding reached by General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, 60 passive resistance prisoners released from Pietermaritzburg Prison; 40 passive resisters released in Durban, 8 in Newcastle, 11 in Port Elizabeth

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Feb 12 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 12 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Feb 13 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NYC
  • Feb 14 High Council of Labor forms in Hague Netherlands
  • Feb 16 1st airplane flight from LA to SF
  • Feb 19 Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini" premieres in Turin
  • Feb 19 Four-year old Charlotte May Pierstorff mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away in most famous 'child in the post' instance
  • Feb 21 Bai Lang ("White Wolf") troops attack Zhanjiang, China
  • Feb 21 In a secret meeting of civil and military leaders, Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov convinces them to support a plan for seizing the straits, controlled by Turkey, that block access to the Mediterranean
  • Feb 24 Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26 New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
  • Feb 26 HMHS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
  • Feb 28 Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the San Francisco Exposition

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (d. 2012)
  • Feb 2 Eric Kierans, Canadian politician and economist (d. 2004)
  • Feb 3 Cornelis "Kees" Andrea, Dutch painter, graphic artist and carpet designer
  • Feb 3 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)

Person of interestGeorge Nissen

Feb 3 George Nissen, American inventor (created the trampoline), born in Blairstown, Iowa (d. 2010)

Inventor and Gymnast George Nissen
Inventor and Gymnast
George Nissen
  • Feb 4 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • Feb 5 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), born in Banbury (d. 1998)
  • Feb 5 William S Burroughs, novelist (Naked Lunch), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 6 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • Feb 6 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), born in Fitzgerald, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • Feb 7 David Ignatow, US poet (Tread the Dark, Rescue the Dead)
  • Feb 7 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer (Trotsky)
  • Feb 7 Ralph Whitlock, English writer, born in Pitton (d. 1995)
  • Feb 8 Bert Haas, baseball player
  • Feb 8 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • Feb 9 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner, promoter (Brewers, White Sox, Indians, St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Feb 9 Ernest Tubb, Tx, guitarist/singer (I'm Walking the Floor over You)
  • Feb 9 Max Manus, resistance fighter
  • Feb 9 Ralph Herman, orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 10 Larry Adler, Balt, hamonicist (Harmonicats) (blacklisted performer)
  • Feb 11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • Feb 11 Matt Dennis, vocalist (Matt Dennis Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 11 Menelaos Pallantios, composer
  • Feb 11 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge of Amsterdam
  • Feb 12 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • Feb 12 Nello Celio, Swiss politician, born in Quinto, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 12 Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference", born in Rome, Italy (d. 1999)
  • Feb 13 Earl Cadogan, British large landowner (Military Cross)
  • Feb 13 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • Feb 14 Margarete Mewes, Nazi overseer at concentration camp
  • Feb 14 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 15 Arthur Sydney Martin, spy catcher
  • Feb 15 Kevin McCarthy, American actor (Invasion of Body Snatchers, Death of a Salesman), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • Feb 15 R W Woods, bishop (Worcester)
  • Feb 15 Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
  • Feb 16 J Tobin, British anaesthetist
  • Feb 16 Jimmy Wakely, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • Feb 17 Albert Westerlinck, [Jose J M Aerts], Flemish literary
  • Feb 17 Arthur Kennedy, American actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • Feb 17 Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
  • Feb 17 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1959)
  • Feb 18 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 19 Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • Feb 20 John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • Feb 20 Marion Kettlewell, British director (WRNS)
  • Feb 20 Willem J H Baart, Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • Feb 21 Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • Feb 21 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Parool/VARA)
  • Feb 22 Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • Feb 23 Margaret Farrer, CEO (Central Midwives Board)
  • Feb 23 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • Feb 24 David Langdon, cartoonist/illustrator
  • Feb 24 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1965)
  • Feb 24 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (d. 2005)
  • Feb 25 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d.1991)
  • Feb 26 Robert Alda, American actor (Supertrain, By Popular Demand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • Feb 26 Witold Rowicki, composer
  • Feb 28 Jim Boles, American actor (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, One Man's Family), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1977)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Albert Neuhuys, Dutch painter of peasant families (Laren School), dies at 69
  • Feb 22 Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison
  • Feb 24 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Feb 25 John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93