What Happened in February 1922

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • Feb 5 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Feb 18 Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball
  • Feb 18 WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 18 The Capper-Volstead Act allows farmers to buy and sell co-operatively without the risk of prosecution under antitrust laws
  • Feb 19 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
  • Feb 20 Marc Connelly & George Kaufman's "To the Ladies" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 Vilinus, 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
  • Feb 21 Irish Nationalist Eamon De Valera calls a convention of the Sinn Fein, 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 meetingConference of Interest

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

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 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
  • Feb 28 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Renata Tebaldi, lyric soprano, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Feb 1 Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski, professor of Cushtic Languages
  • Feb 1 Clifford McWatt, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper in 6 Tests 1954-55)
  • Feb 3 Bill Chappell Jr, (Rep-D-FL, 1969- )
  • Feb 4 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), born in Ron, Karnataka, India (d. 1987)
  • 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
  • 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 9 James C "Jim" Laker, Bradford England, cricket off spinner
  • Feb 9 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Feb 10 Harold Hughes, Ida County Iowa, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator
  • 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 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, NJ, writer (Thinking About the Unthinkable)
  • Feb 15 John Bayard Anderson, American politician
  • Feb 15 John B Anderson, American Republican politician and presidential candidate (1980), born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Feb 16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • Feb 16 Paul van 't Veer, Dutch journalist/writer (Het Vrije Volk)
  • Feb 17 Tommy Edwards, rock vocalist (It's All in the Game)
  • Feb 17 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • Feb 17 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 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 (d. 1971)
  • Feb 19 Beant Singh, politiician
  • Feb 19 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • Feb 21 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Andre Asriel, composer
  • Feb 22 Felix Werder, composer
  • Feb 22 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), born in South Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Kanwar Rai Singh, cricketer (batted at MCG in Test for India 1948)
  • Feb 24 Richard Hamilton, painter
  • Feb 24 Steven Hill, American actor (Mission Impossible, Law & Order), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Matti Rautio, composer
  • Feb 26 Bill Johnston, cricket pace bowler (mighty Australian lefty post-war)
  • Feb 26 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1976)
  • Feb 27 Mervyn Jones, author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers)
  • 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


HeartWedding of Interest

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

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Football player George Halas (27) weds Minnie Bushing

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • Feb 28 English Princess Mary marries Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director and actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • 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 William Tate, composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 5 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • Feb 11 Gerardus J P 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/feminist, dies at 36
  • Feb 23 Albert Victor Bäcklund, Swedish physicist (b. 1845)
  • Feb 24 Dmitri B Shostakovitch, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
  • Feb 25 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52
  • Feb 28 Vicente Lleo, composer, dies at 51