What Happened in February 1928

Historical Events

Historic Event

Feb 3 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

  • Feb 6 A woman dubbed Anna Anderson [possibly Franziska Schanzkowska] arrives in NYC, using the alias "Anastasia Tschaikovsky" claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
  • Feb 7 1st solo flight from England to Australia takes off from Croydon, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler (arrives 15 ½ days later)
  • Feb 8 1st transatlantic TV image received at Hartsdale, NY
  • Feb 11 II Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 13 Clas Thunberg of Finland wins his 4th Olympic gold medal when he dead-heats with Norway’s Bernt Evensen in the 500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • Feb 13 Legendary Norwegian speed skater Ivar Ballangrud wins the first of 2 straight 5,000m Olympic gold medals when he beats Julius Skutnabb of Finland by 9 seconds in St. Moritz
  • Feb 14 Clas Thunberg of Finland wins his 2nd gold medal of the Games and 5th career title when he takes out the 1,500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics
  • Feb 14 Per-Erik Hedlund leads a Swedish sweep of the medals in the 50k cross-country at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Gustaf Jonsson & Volgar Andersson take the minor medals
  • Feb 17 American brothers, Jennison and John Heaton fight out the top placings in the cresta (now known as skeleton) at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Jennison takes the gold by 1.0s
  • Feb 17 Johan Grøttumsbråten leads a Norwegian sweep of the medals in the 18k cross country at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; he also wins the Nordic combined gold the following day
  • Feb 18 Johan Grøttumsbråten of Norway wins the Nordic combined gold at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; doubles up with the 18k cross country gold the previous day
  • Feb 18 Norway goes 1-2 in the ski jumping at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics with Alf Andersen taking gold ahead of Sigmund Ruud

Olympic Gold

Feb 18 Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event

  • Feb 18 USA 2 beats USA 1 by 0.5s for the 5-man bobsleigh gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Germany 2 takes bronze
  • Feb 19 Canada retains the Olympic ice hockey title when they rout Switzerland, 13-0 in the final round in St. Moritz; Canadian left-wing Dave Trottier top scores with 15 points
  • Feb 19 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • Feb 19 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal at St. Moritz; one of only 2 athletes to win gold at both Winter & Summer Games (won figure skating Antwerp 1920)
  • Feb 19 II Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 19 World champion French team Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet win the Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; the couple marry in 1929 and take 2nd straight gold in 1932
  • Feb 22 1st solo flight from England to Australia lands in Darwin, 15 ½ days after take off, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Debbie Dean [Reba Smith], American pop singer and songwriter (Motown), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • Feb 1 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 Peter Gordon Dorrell, British archaeologist and photographer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Feb 1 Tom Lantos, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-2008), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2008)
  • Feb 2 Alan Fluck, musical educator
  • Feb 2 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, Prime Minister of Italy (1988-89)
  • Feb 3 C V Gadkari, cricketer (Indian batsman in 6 Tests 1953-55)
  • Feb 4 Dave Ketchum, American character actor (Get Smart - "Agent 13"), and writer (Happy Days; The Love Boat), born in Quincy, Illinois)
  • Feb 5 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • Feb 5 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar (d. 1997)
  • Feb 7 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • Feb 8 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, American lawyer and civil rights activist (challenged University of Oklahoma segregation laws in Supreme Court and won), born in Chickasha, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Feb 8 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Feb 8 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), born in Ferndale, Glamorgan (d. 1976)
  • Feb 9 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • Feb 9 Roger Mudd, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 10 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973-89), born in Sarcoxie, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • Feb 11 Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
  • Feb 11 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • Feb 11 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • Feb 14 Ben Garrido Blaz, American politician (Rep-R-Guam, 1985-93), born in Agana, Guam (d. 2014)
  • Feb 14 Juan Garcia Hortelano, Spanish author (Tormenta de verano)
  • Feb 15 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, born in Cleethorpes, Engand (d. 2017)
  • Feb 15 Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist (Clifford the Big Red Dog), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress (La Divina Infiel,;The Shadow of the Bat),& singer ("Es tarde ya" (It's Too Late Now)), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • Feb 18 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • Feb 18 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 19 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), born in Clyattville, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Feb 19 Mike Sammes, British arranger, session, pop and easy-listening vocalist (The Mike Sammes Singers; Disneyland;, The Beatles; Olivia Newton-John), born in Reigate, England (d. 2001)
  • Feb 20 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • Feb 20 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Feb 22 Bruce Forsyth, English comedian & TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Paul Dooley, American actor, writer and comedian(16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Feb 23 David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort, British peer
  • Feb 23 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)
  • Feb 24 Al Lettieri, American actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Feb 24 Michael Harrington, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 25 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • Feb 25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Feb 25 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish yachtsman (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 2016)
  • Feb 25 Richard Stern, American writer
  • Feb 26 Aldonis Kalniņš, Latvian composer, born in Užava parish, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • Feb 26 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16), born in Davydovka, USSR

Fats Domino

Feb 26 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues piano player, singer, and star of the early rock ’n’ roll era ("Blueberry Hill"; "Blue Monday"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

  • Feb 26 Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), born at Kfar Malal (d. 2014)
  • Feb 26 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City; Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 27 Josh Greenfeld, American author and screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Feb 28 Tom Aldredge, American actor (The Sopranos, What About Bob, Nurse, Mind Snatchers), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Feb 29 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Feb 29 Joss Ackland, British actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • Feb 29 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, born in Tennille, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • Feb 29 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • Feb 29 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner

Famous Weddings

Mary Astor

Feb 26 Actress Mary Astor (21) weds director Kenneth Hawks (30) at her family home in Moorcrest

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (Baltimore Orioles) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1907-20), dies of meningitis at 58
  • Feb 4 Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Dutch physicist (electromagnetic radiation, Nobel 1902), dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Antonio Abetti, Italian astronomer, dies at 81
  • Feb 29 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
  • Feb 29 Armando Diaz, Italian marshal and minister of War (1922-24), dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841)