On This Day

What Happened in February 1922

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22

Historic Publication

Feb 2 James Joyce's "Ulysses" first published by Sylvia Beach in Paris (1,000 copies)

  • Feb 4 WGY-AM in Schenectady NY begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 4 After boycotts and international pressure, Japan agrees to return Shantung Province to China

Historic Event

Feb 4 First part of Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Garden Party" appears in the Saturday Westminster Gazette

  • Feb 5 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published

Papal Inauguration

Feb 6 Cardinal Achille Ratti elected Pope Pius XI

  • Feb 6 US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation
  • Feb 7 John Willard's "Cat & the Canary" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Radio arrives at the White House
  • Feb 9 Italian government of Bonomi falls
  • Feb 9 Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii
  • Feb 9 Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Feb 9 World War Foreign Debt Commission is established by Congress to settle the problem of Allied war and postwar loans

#1 in the Charts

Feb 11 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1

  • Feb 11 US intervention army leaves Honduras
  • Feb 11 Influential arts festival Semana de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Week) opens in São Paulo - the beginning of Modernism in Brazil

Historic Event

Feb 15 Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex

Sports History

Feb 18 Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his federal judgeship to give full attention to job as Major League Baseball Commissioner

  • Feb 18 WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 18 The Capper-Volstead Act allows farmers to buy and sell cooperatively without the risk of prosecution under antitrust laws
  • Feb 19 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer

Historic Event

Feb 20 Marc Connelly & George Kaufman's "To the Ladies" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 20 Vilnius, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
  • Feb 20 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 21 Airship "Rome" explodes at Hampton Roads, Virginia; 34 die
  • Feb 21 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • Feb 21 WHK-AM in Cleveland, Ohio begins radio transmissions

Historic Event

Feb 21 Irish Nationalist Eamon De Valera calls a convention of the Sinn Féin, declaring the Republican Government the only legitimate one in all Ireland

  • Feb 22 Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin
  • Feb 22 London issues a unilateral declaration of Egyptian independence

Conference of Interest

Feb 27 US Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

  • Feb 27 G B Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 27 US Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment to the US Constuituent - women's right to vote

Theater Premiere

Feb 27 George Bernard Shaw's largest-scale play "Back to Methusaleh" premieres at Garrick Theatre in NYC

  • Feb 28 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Renata Tebaldi, Italian lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Feb 1 Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski, professor of Cushtic Languages
  • Feb 1 Clifford McWatt, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests, 10 dismissals; British Guiana), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1997)
  • Feb 4 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), born in Ron, Karnataka, India (d. 2011)
  • Feb 5 Bernard Kalb, American journalist, moderator, lecturer and author, one of the most respected broadcast journalists of his time (CBS News, NYT, Times), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • Feb 6 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 Denis Norden, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • Feb 7 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • Feb 8 Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster
  • Feb 8 Audrey Meadows [Cotter], American actress (The Honeymooners; The Jackie Gleason Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 8 Manuel Oltra, Spanish secular and sacred music composer, and professor (Barcelona Conservatory, 1959-87), born in Valencia, Spain (d. 2015)
  • Feb 9 Jim Laker, English cricket spin bowler (46 Tests; 193 wickets; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh; Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Joe Dodge, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1953-56), born in Monroe, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • Feb 10 Harold Hughes, American politician, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator, born in Ida County, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • Feb 10 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), born near Nevada, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Feb 10 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • Feb 11 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, born in Cluj (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Feb 13 Lord Pym of Sandy, British minister of foreign affairs
  • Feb 13 Gordon Tullock, American economist
  • Feb 13 Tristram Coffin, San Marino, California, folklorist (The Book of Christmas Folklore, The Old Ball Game), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Feb 15 Herman Kahn, American, writer and military strategist (Thinking About the Unthinkable), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • Feb 15 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Feb 16 Geraint Evans, Welsh bass-baritone opera singer (Das Knaben Wunderhorn), born in Cilfynydd, Wales (d. 1992)
  • Feb 16 Paul van 't Veer, Dutch journalist and writer (Het Vrije Volk)
  • Feb 17 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • Feb 18 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-1979)
  • Feb 18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, born in Muhu, Estonia (d. 1971)
  • Feb 18 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • Feb 19 Beant Singh, Indian politician (Chief Minister of Punjab), born in Patiala, Punjab (d. 1995)
  • Feb 19 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • Feb 21 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 22 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Feb 22 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver, born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), born in South Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 23 Bill Chappell Jr., American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1969-89), born in Kendrick, Florida (d. 1989)
  • Feb 24 Kanwar Rai Singh, Indian cricketer (batted at MCG in Test for India 1948)
  • Feb 24 Richard Hamilton, English early pop art painter, born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Feb 24 Steven Hill, American actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1986) 
  • Feb 26 Bill Johnston, Australian cricket fast/spin bowler (40 Tests, 160 wickets @ 23.91; Victoria), born in Beeac, Australia (d. 2007)
  • Feb 26 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1976)
  • Feb 26 (Bernard) "Bunny" Briggs, American tap dancer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 27 Mervyn Jones, English author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • Feb 27 Hans Rookmaaker, Dutch professor and art historian (d. 1977)
  • Feb 27 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings

Douglas MacArthur

Feb 14 Soldier Douglas MacArthur (42) marries 1st wife heiress Louise Cromwell Brooks (32)

  • Feb 28 English Princess Mary marries Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director & actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • Feb 1 Yamagata Aritomo, Japanese soldier and statesman (Prime Minister of Japan 1889–91,1898–1900), dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Christiaan R. de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • Feb 3 John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)
  • Feb 5 James W. Tate, English composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 5 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • Feb 11 Gerard Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish lawyer and politician (Minister of the Interior), assassinated at 41
  • Feb 15 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German-Dutch anarchist and feminist, dies at 36
  • Feb 23 Albert Victor Bäcklund, Swedish physicist (b. 1845)
  • Feb 24 Dmitri B. Shostakovich, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
  • Feb 25 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52
  • Feb 28 Vicente Lleo, Spanish composer (La corte de Faraón), dies at 51