What Happened in February 1921

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 6 "The Kid", silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 11 Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St NYC
  • Feb 12 Soviet troops invade Georgia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Feb 14 Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized
  • Feb 14 Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses," in New York
  • Feb 15 Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 v England, Australian Test Cricket rec
  • Feb 17 Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete" premieres
  • Feb 18 British troops occupy Dublin
  • Feb 20 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
  • Feb 21 Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution
  • Feb 21 The London Conference on the Near East begins: the issue is the Allies' 1920 Treaty of Sevres, which had given part of Turkish Asia Minor to Greece
  • Feb 23 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
  • Feb 24 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives in Florida
  • Feb 25 Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia
  • Feb 25 The Living Buddha, Hutuktu, is crowned King of Mongolia as the country declares independence from China
  • Feb 26 The USSR signs treaties respecting the integrity of Persia and of Afghanistan
  • Feb 27 US Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard; US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • Feb 27 The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna
  • Feb 27 The Fascists incite a riot in Florence, Italy

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)

Person of interestBetty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 5 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 7 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk

Person of interestLana Turner

Feb 8 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest, The Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Wallace, Idaho (d. 1995)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, baseball player
  • Feb 9 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)
  • Feb 9 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • Feb 11 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • Feb 11 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • Feb 13 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist
  • Feb 13 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter and graphic artist
  • Feb 14 Albert Sloman, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • Feb 14 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, composer
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 14 Skeezix, of "Gasoline Alley" discovered on Wallets' doorstep
  • Feb 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Feb 16 Araucaria, British crossword compiler
  • Feb 16 Esther Bubley, Phillips, Wisconsin, American photographer

Person of interestHua Guofeng

Feb 16 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), born in Jiaocheng County, Shanxi (d. 2008)

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 19 Andries Treurnicht, [Dr No], founder (South African Conservative Party)
  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)
  • Feb 20 Joseph A. Walker, American experimental physicist, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress, (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)

Person of interestJean-Bédel Bokassa

Feb 22 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1976) and later Emperor (1976-1979) of the Central African Republic, born in Bobangui, then French Equatorial Guinea (d. 1996)

  • Feb 22 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 David Greene, British television director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), born in Jackson, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Ludvig Aschkenazy, writer
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 27 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, composer
  • Feb 28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 25 Actor Jack Haley (22) weds Florence McFadden

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Max Wilhelm Zach, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 4 Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, Russian activist and anarchist, dies at 78
  • Feb 12 Charles Leslie, cricketer (4 Tests England v Australia 1882-83), dies
  • Feb 13 Willem P C Knuttel, Dutch bibliography/librarian, dies at 67
  • Feb 15 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1864)
  • Feb 26 Carl Menger, Austrian economist, dies at 81
  • Feb 27 Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies