On This Day

What Happened in February 1925

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkämpferbund in Berlin
  • Feb 2 Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism & socialism
  • Feb 2 Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km
  • Feb 2 NL holds Golden Jubilee Year meeting at same hotel where NL began
  • Feb 8 Kaufman & Berlin's musical "cocoanuts" premieres in New York City

Historic Event

Feb 8 Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta

Treaty of Interest

Feb 9 German Minister Gustav Stresemann proposes security treaty with France

  • Feb 9 Haifa Technion (Israel) opens
  • Feb 10 1st waterless gas storage tank put into service, Michigan City, Indiana
  • Feb 10 AL decides to alternate leagues for game 1 of World Series each year
  • Feb 12 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress
  • Feb 12 E. Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
  • Feb 12 Estonia passes Law on Cultural Self-Government for National Minorities, allowing a unique degree of autonomy to ethnic and religious groups of 3,000 or more
  • Feb 13 US Congress makes Supreme Court appeals more difficult
  • Feb 14 State of emergency crisis in Bavaria ends, NSDAP re-allowed
  • Feb 16 Rescuers finally reach the body of caver Floyd Collins too late, 18 days after he became trapped in Sand Cave, Kentucky, bringing a tragic end to a story that had captured the nation [1]
  • Feb 21 1st issue of "New Yorker" magazine published
  • Feb 21 Mass meeting of SPD's Reichsbanner Black-Red-Gold in Magdeburg
  • Feb 24 Thermite explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, NY
  • Feb 25 Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
  • Feb 25 US Women's Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
  • Feb 25 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
  • Feb 25 Diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union established
  • Feb 26 Jihad against Turkish government

Historic Event

Feb 27 Adolf Hitler resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

  • Feb 27 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England
  • Feb 28 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hits #1
  • Feb 28 Congress authorizes a special handling stamp
  • Feb 28 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
  • Feb 28 Theater Museum of Amsterdam forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
  • Feb 2 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock; Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Feb 3 John Fiedler, American actor (Mr Peterson-Newhart), born in Platteville, Wisconsin
  • Feb 3 Joop Swart, Dutch publisher (founder of World Press Photo)
  • Feb 3 Leon Schlumpf, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Feb 4 Russell Hoban, American author (Riddley Walker, Pilgermann), born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Feb 4 Jutta Hipp, German-American jazz pianist and composer, born in Leipzig, German Weimar Republic (d. 2003)
  • Feb 6 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa), born in Blora Regency, Indonesia (d. 2006)
  • Feb 7 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1994)
  • Feb 7 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, born in Linz (d. 1986)
  • Feb 7 Marius Constant, Romanian-born French composer and conductor (founded Ars Nova), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2004)
  • Feb 7 Romolo Valli, Italian actor (Bobby Deerfield, Fistful of Dynamite, La Viaccia), born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1980)
  • Feb 8 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)

Jack Lemmon

Feb 8 Jack Lemmon, American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2001)

  • Feb 8 Raimondo d'Inzeo, Italian equestrian, 1st athlete to compete in 8 Olympic games (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76), born in Poggio Mirteto, Italy (d. 2013)
  • Feb 9 Vic Wertz, American MLB player, born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • Feb 9 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Feb 9 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (Heim theory), born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Feb 9 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, born in Tunis (d. 2014)
  • Feb 9 Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player (Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Feb 11 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), born in Tularosa, New Mexico (d. 2001)
  • Feb 11 Virginia E. Johnson, American doctor and sexologist (Masters & Johnson), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • Feb 12 Anthony Berry, British politician (killed in the Brighton hotel bombing by the IRA) (d. 1984)
  • Feb 12 Joan Mitchell, American painter and printmaker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 13 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 13 Jan Arends, Dutch poet and author
  • Feb 14 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Feb 14 Gwendolyn Faison, American politician (Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, 2000-10), born in Clinton, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • Feb 16 David Emms, British educator (London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates) (d. 2015)
  • Feb 16 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • Feb 16 Paul Crawford, American Dixieland jazz musician, arranger, (Olympic Brass Band), and music historian (Tulane University), born in Atmore, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • Feb 17 Fritz Behrendt, German Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • Feb 17 Hal Holbrook, American stage and screen Tony and Emmy award-winning actor (All the President's Men; “Mark Twain Tonight!”), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021) [1]
  • Feb 17 Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor, Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • Feb 18 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Marcel Barbeau, Canadian abstract artist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • Feb 19 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • Feb 19 Leslie Laing, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold men's 4x400m relay 1952 WR 3:03.9), born in Linstead, Saint Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • Feb 20 Alex La Guma, South African novelist (A Walk in the Night), and anti-apartheid activist (1956 Treason Trial), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1985)

Robert Altman

Feb 20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player; M*A*S*H; Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

  • Feb 20 Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader (ÖTV (Öffentliche Dienste, Transport und Verkehr - Public service, transport and traffic) president, 1964-82), born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2005)
  • Feb 20 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Feb 21 Al Fann, American actor (Alvin-He's the Mayor), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 21 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Feb 21 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California (d. 1984)
  • Feb 22 Edward Gorey, American author & artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Feb 22 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect (d. 1995)
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • Feb 23 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99), born in Cleveland Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Feb 25 Bert Remsen, American actor (Mario-It's a Living), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Feb 25 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), born in Sokoto, Nigeria (d. 2018)
  • Feb 26 Everton Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (48 Tests; 4,455 runs @ 58.61, 15 x 100s), born in Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 2020)
  • Feb 26 Dave Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown), bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 27 Hugh Leggatt, British art dealer (d. 2014)
  • Feb 27 Michael Kaye, British arts director (LSO, South Bank), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • Feb 27 Richard Auwerda, Dutch journalist and writer
  • Feb 27 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (d. 2004)
  • Feb 28 Harry H. Corbett, English actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1982)
  • Feb 28 C. Herbert Oliver, American clergyman and civil rights activist (Inter-Citizens Committee), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Jack Dempsey

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist, dies at 57

Jaap Eden

Feb 2 Jaap Eden, Dutch athlete (World Cycling C'ship gold 10k 1894, sprint 1895; World Speed Skating C'ship gold allround 1893, 95, 96), dies at 51

  • Feb 13 Floyd Collins, American cave owner and caver, dies a few days before rescuers can reach him trapped in Sand Cave, Kentucky at 37 (estimated) [1]
  • Feb 18 James Lane Allen, American writer (Choir Invisible), dies at 75
  • Feb 20 Marco Enrico Bossi, Italian concert organist, composer and teacher, dies aboard an ocean liner while returning from a concert tour of America at 54
  • Feb 21 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 22 Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister, dies at 72
  • Feb 22 Nina Salomon British Jewish poet, author and suffragette, dies of cancer at 47
  • Feb 22 Thomas Allbutt, English physiologist (Diseases of the Heart), dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Hjalmar Branting, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1860)
  • Feb 28 Friedrich Ebert, German politician, President of Germany 1919-25), dies at 54