What Happened in February 1929

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • Feb 1 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs
  • Feb 1 Pi Alphha Phi, the first Asian-American interest fraternity in the United States, is founded at UC Berkeley
  • Feb 3 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 4 Archie Jackson scores 164 in Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide
  • Feb 5 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • Feb 6 Rudy Vallee records single "Deep Night"
  • Feb 8 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 9 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov's Pact, providing for renunciation of war among its signatories
  • Feb 10 Bishop Stephen Alencastre dedicates the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Patrick in Honolulu

Historic Event

Feb 11 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 11 Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is made an enclave of Rome
  • Feb 12 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30)
  • Feb 13 Cruiser Act, USA, approves the construction of 19 new cruisers & an aircraft carrier
  • Feb 13 Vladimir Mayakofsky's "Klop" premieres in Moscow

Historic Event

Feb 14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Murder of Interest

Feb 16 In mysterious murder suicide Ned Doheny Jr., son of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny, dies along with secretary Hugh Plunkett at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

  • Feb 16 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 19 Medical diathermy machine 1st used in Schenectady, NY
  • Feb 20 American Samoa organizes as territory of US
  • Feb 20 Boston Red Sox announce they will play Sunday MLB games at Braves Field; Fenway Park located too close to a church

Historic Event

Feb 26 US President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

  • Feb 27 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
  • Feb 28 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, born in Vélez, Colombia (d. 1995)
  • Feb 2 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 3 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • Feb 3 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 4 Jerry Adler, American actor, director and producer (The Sopranos, The Good Wife), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 4 Mary Joan Nielubowicz, rear admiral/nurse
  • Feb 4 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • Feb 5 Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
  • Feb 5 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Feb 6 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer, born in Boconó, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • Feb 6 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), born in Brest, France (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), born in Lima, Sweden (d. 2012)
  • Feb 8 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Manchester, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • Feb 9 Bill Barrett, American politician (Rep-R-Nebraska 1991-2001), born in Lexington, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Feb 9 Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 9 James Mulcro Drew, American avant-garde composer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Lennox Butler, cricketer (1 Test WI v Aust 1955, 16 & 2-151)
  • Feb 9 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • Feb 10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 2007)
  • Feb 10 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • Feb 10 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist, television and film composer ("The Twilight Zone"; "Planet Of The Apes"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • Feb 10 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • Feb 11 Leonard Gregory Kastle, composer
  • Feb 13 Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
  • Feb 14 Matthew G. Martinez, American politician (Rep-D+R-CA, 1982-2001), born in Walsenburg, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • Feb 14 Vic Morrow [Morozoff], American film and television actor (Combat!; Cimmaron; Roots; Twilight Zone: The Movie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Feb 15 Fred Martinelli, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Ashland University 1959-93), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Feb 15 Gerald Harper, British broadcaster and actor (Tunes of Glory, Extra Day), born in London

Graham Hill

Feb 15 Graham Hill, British auto racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968), born in Hampstead, London (d. 1975)

  • Feb 15 James Schlesinger, US Secretary of Defense (1973-75)
  • Feb 16 Benny Barth, American session and touring jazz drummer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2017)
  • Feb 16 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • Feb 16 Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2010)
  • Feb 17 Chaim Potok, American novelist (Promise), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Dame Patricia Routledge, British stage and screen actress and singer (Keeping Up Appearances; Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters), born in Tranmere, Birkenhead
  • Feb 17 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, born in Northumberland (d. 1993)
  • Feb 18 Agustín González García, Spanish composer (Prince of Viana Prize), born in Alsasua, Navarra
  • Feb 18 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist & composer (Concerto de Québec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1968)
  • Feb 18 Leonard Cyril Deighton, English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
  • Feb 18 Lou Gorman, American baseball executive (general manager Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2011)
  • Feb 19 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • Feb 20 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • Feb 20 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Feb 21 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Islington, London (d. 1973)
  • Feb 22 (Margaret) "Marni" Nixon [McEathron], American soprano singer and film 'ghost voice' (for Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady"; Natalie Wood in "West Side Story"; Deborah Kerr in "The King And I"), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • Feb 22 James Hong, American-Chinese actor (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Rebecca Schull [Wattenberg], American actress (Wings, United 93), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 22 Ryne Duren, American near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • Feb 23 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (12 × MLB All-Star; 6 × World Series; AL MVP 1963; first African-American NY Yankee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • Feb 23 Richard Moryl, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 24 David Houston, Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland
  • Feb 24 Richard B Shull, American character actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Feb 25 Peter Bingham Hinchcliff, British church historian (1 Sided Reciprocity)
  • Feb 25 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (Tonight Show), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)

Frank Gehry

Feb 28 Frank Gehry, Canadian born American architect (Bilbao Guggenheim Museum), born in Toronto, Canada

  • Feb 28 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), born in Eastland, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Feb 28 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer (Royal Opera), born in Matane, Quebec (d. 2019)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 August Halm, German composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 1 Sir Alexander Ogston, British surgeon (discovered Staphylococcus), educator, and military doctor, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • Feb 5 Siegfried Ochs, German composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Maria Christina of Austria, Austrian born Queen and Regent of Spain, dies at 71
  • Feb 12 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist, dies at 66
  • Feb 12 Lillie Langtry [Emilie Charlotte Le Breton], American actress (His Neighbor's Wife), dies at 75
  • Feb 14 Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), dies at 53
  • Feb 17 John Read, English cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies
  • Feb 24 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
  • Feb 27 Manuel Manrique de Lara, Spanish composer (The Oresteia), dies at 65
  • Feb 28 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
  • Feb 28 John Ebenezer West, English composer, dies at 65