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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta

Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey
Black Nationalist
Marcus Garvey

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Feb 9 German Minister Gustav Stresemann proposes security treaty with France

German Chancellor Gustav Stresemann
German Chancellor
Gustav Stresemann
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Hitler resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 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 David Abell Wood, priest
  • 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 C Swart, Dutch publisher/founder (World Press Photo)
  • Feb 3 Leon Schlumpf, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Feb 4 Russell Hoban, US children's book author (Riddley Walker/Pilgermann)
  • 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, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • Feb 7 Romolo Valli, actor (Bobby Deerfield, Fistful of Dynamite, La Viaccia)
  • Feb 8 Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)

Person of interestJack Lemmon

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

  • Feb 8 Raimondo d'Inzeo, It, equestrian (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
  • Feb 9 Vic Wertz, baseball player
  • Feb 9 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Feb 9 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (d. 2001)
  • Feb 9 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, born in Tunis (d. 2014)
  • Feb 9 (William Famous) 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 Peter Berger, British vice-admiral
  • Feb 11 Virginia E Johnson, doctor and sexologist (Masters & Johnson)
  • Feb 12 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (d. 1984)
  • Feb 12 Joan Mitchell, Chicago USA, American painter and printmaker
  • Feb 13 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • Feb 13 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/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
  • Feb 16 David Emms, director (London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates)
  • Feb 16 PER Bailey, director (Gatwick & Stansted Airports)
  • Feb 16 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar master, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 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, Quebec artist
  • 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, novelist (A Walk in the Night), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 20 Pramudya Ananta Tur, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa)

Person of interestRobert Altman

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

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • Feb 20 Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader
  • Feb 20 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Feb 21 Al Fann, 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, politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99), born in Cleveland Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Feb 25 Bert Remsen, Glen Cove NY, actor (Mario-It's a Living)
  • Feb 25 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), born in Sokoto, Nigeria (d. 2018)
  • Feb 26 Everton Weekes OBE, West Indian cricket batsman (48 Tests; 4,455 runs @ 58.61, 15 x 100s), born in Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 2020)
  • Feb 26 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 27 Hugh Leggatt, art dealer
  • Feb 27 Michael Kaye, director (City of London Festival)
  • Feb 27 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/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)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestJaap Eden

Feb 2 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • Feb 18 James Lane Allen, American writer (Choir Invisible), dies at 75
  • Feb 21 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 22 Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister, dies at 72
  • Feb 22 Nina David [Mrs Radcliffe N Salomon], poet/author, dies
  • 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