On This Day

What Happened in February 1926

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
  • Feb 1 Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
  • Feb 2 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • Feb 2 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst Cozens retains title; beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-1, 6-3
  • Feb 2 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: In all-Australian final John Hawkes beats James Willard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • Feb 4 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
  • Feb 6 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • Feb 6 St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from NY Yankees
  • Feb 8 German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership
  • Feb 8 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin

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Feb 8 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 9 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
  • Feb 10 Building of Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • Feb 11 Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to NZ
  • Feb 12 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • Feb 15 Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St NYC
  • Feb 15 Contract air mail service begins in US
  • Feb 16 Suzanne Lenglen defeats US champion Helen Wills in influential tennis match in Cannes, France
  • Feb 17 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah; 40 die
  • Feb 20 Montreal and Ottawa battle out just the second 0-0 tie in NHL history; dominant goalies are Clint Benedict (Maroons) and Alex Connell (Senators)

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Feb 25 Francisco Franco becomes Spain's youngest general at 33

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Feb 25 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government and warlords
  • Feb 26 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Douglas Johnson, British historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 2005)
  • Feb 1 Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey
  • Feb 1 Stuart Whitman, American actor (Capt Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 1 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • Feb 2 Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, 1st Cent American cardinal (Nicaragua)
  • Feb 2 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), born in Rancho, Aruba (d. 2012)
  • Feb 2 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician
  • Feb 3 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • Feb 3 Glen Tetley, US choreographer
  • Feb 3 Hans-Jochen Vogel, leader of West Germany's Social Democrats (SPD)
  • Feb 3 J Roy Rowland, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- )
  • Feb 3 Shelley Berman, comedian (Son of Blob, Love American Style), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 4 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer
  • Feb 5 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (NY Times), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 6 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer & director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Konstantin Petrovich Feokistov, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • Feb 8 Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
  • Feb 9 Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Feb 10 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • Feb 10 Randy Jackson, American baseball 3rd baseman (2-time MLB All Star), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 11 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), born in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France (d. 2018)
  • Feb 11 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), born in Regina, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • Feb 12 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Paul Hamlyn, English publisher/multi-millionaire (Octopus)
  • Feb 12 Charles Van Doren, American quiz show contestant (Twenty-One), born in New York City
  • Feb 13 Barney Childs, composer
  • Feb 16 John Schlesinger, director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling), born in London, England
  • Feb 16 Jack Levy, mechanical engineer
  • Feb 16 David Austin, English rose breeder (Austin roses), born in Albrighton, England (d. 2018)
  • Feb 17 Friedrich Cerha, composer
  • Feb 17 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 18 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • Feb 19 Gyorgy Kurtag, Hungarian composer (Stele), born in Lugoj, Romania
  • Feb 20 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • Feb 20 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • Feb 20 Kenneth H Olsen, American engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)
  • Feb 20 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • Feb 20 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 20 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2018)
  • Feb 21 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • Feb 22 Bud Yorkin, American producer (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), born in King's Cross, London (d. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • Feb 24 Reginald Freeson, British MP
  • Feb 25 Harvey McGregor, QC/warden (New College-Oxford)
  • Feb 26 Arsene Souffriau, composer
  • Feb 26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • Feb 26 Konstantin P Feoktistov, Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)
  • Feb 27 Peter Emery, British MP
  • Feb 27 David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 28 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1979)
  • Feb 28 Stanley Glasser, composer
  • Feb 28 Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin and author (My Life), born in Moscow (d. 2011)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (b. 1848)
  • Feb 5 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, dies at 69
  • Feb 21 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913), dies at 72
  • Feb 24 Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Frederik Pijper, Dut vicar/church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer, dies at 75