On This Day

What Happened in February 1930

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 William Howard Taft resigns as US chief justice for health reasons

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Feb 3 The Indochinese Communist Party of Vietnam is established
  • Feb 4 1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans
  • Feb 5 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • Feb 8 "Happy Days Are Here Again" by Benny Mereoff hits #1
  • Feb 10 Grain Stabilization Corporation authorized by Congress
  • Feb 15 Wenona Mustangs beat Toluca Wildcats in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes, 26-22
  • Feb 17 French government of André Tardieu falls for the first time
  • Feb 18 Cow flown & milked, milk sealed in paper containers & parachuted
  • Feb 18 Luigi Pirandello's "Come Tu Mi Vuoi" premieres in Milan

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 18 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Simple Simon" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers
  • Feb 18 US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Marc Connelly's "Green Pastures" premieres in NYC

Playwright Marc Connelly
Playwright
Marc Connelly
  • Feb 25 Check photographing device patented
  • Feb 25 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley completes twin tons (114 & 112) in 3rd Test win against England at Georgetown, British Guiana
  • Feb 26 Play "Green Pastures" opens at Mansfield Theater
  • Feb 26 1st red & green traffic lights installed in Manhattan, NYC
  • Feb 26 West Indies make 1st Test Cricket win, by 289 runs over England
  • Feb 27 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Peter Tapsell, British MP
  • Feb 1 Shahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh
  • Feb 1 Mario Beaulieu, Quebec politician (d. 1998)
  • Feb 3 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), born in Derby, England (d. 1997)
  • Feb 3 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, born in Barnes, London (d. 2018)
  • Feb 4 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Feb 5 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), born in Turku, Finland (d. 2016)
  • Feb 8 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1987)
  • Feb 8 Arlan Stangeland, (Rep-R-MN, 1977-1991), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 8 Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Feb 8 Manuel Castillo, composer
  • Feb 8 James Deetz, American anthropologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 9 Emil Petrovics, Hungarian composer, born in Zrenjanin, Serbia (d. 2011)
  • Feb 9 Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist (d. 2003)
  • Feb 10 Peter Phillips, American composer, born in San Francisco, California [or Jun 18]

Person of interestRobert Wagner

Feb 10 Robert Wagner, American actor (It Takes a Thief, Switch, Hart to Hart), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Feb 11 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 11 C H Dearnley, organist
  • Feb 11 Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Arlen Specter, American Senator (Republican-PA, 1981- 2011), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • Feb 13 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Feb 13 Ernst Fuchs, Austrian artist
  • Feb 14 Duncan Montgomery Stewart, principal (Lady Margaret Hall-Oxford)
  • Feb 15 C F Payne, British chief constable, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 15 Nico Minardos, Greek-American actor (The Twilight Zone; Twelve Hours to Kill), born in Pangrati, Athens (d. 2011)
  • Feb 16 Frederick "Fred" Cuming, British painter, born in London
  • Feb 16 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Usko Merilainen, Finnish composer, born in Tampere, Finland (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • Feb 18 Theodore C Freeman, Haverford Penn, capt USAF/astronaut
  • Feb 18 Gahan Wilson, American author and cartoonist known as the "Michelangelo of the Macabre", born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019) [1]
  • Feb 19 John Frankenheimer, American director (Birdman of Alcatraz), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 20 Bill Walker, British MP
  • Feb 20 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • Feb 21 Elizabeth Adams, madame
  • Feb 22 Allison Hayes, American model & actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1977)
  • Feb 22 Jules van Neerven, Dutch economist & editor (Limbourg Daily), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Feb 22 James McGarrell, American painter, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 23 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who) (d. 1991)
  • Feb 23 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Feb 23 Imre Gyongyossy, filmmaker
  • Feb 23 Jef Geeraerts, Flemish writer (Black Venus)
  • Feb 23 Johnny Seven [Fetto], American actor (Ironside, Amy Prentiss), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Feb 23 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Feb 24 Barbara Lawrence, American model, actress, and real estate agent (Oklahoma!, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Feb 25 Erica Pedretti, writer
  • Feb 25 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Feb 26 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956), born in Leningrad, Russia,
  • Feb 26 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Feb 26 Doug Sandom, British drummer (The Who, 1962-64), born in Greenford, England (d. 2019)

Person of interestJoanne Woodward

Feb 27 Joanne Woodward, American actress, producer, activist, and philanthropist (3 Faces of Eve, Rachel), born in Thomasville, Georgia

  • Feb 27 Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist
  • Feb 27 Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
  • Feb 28 Frank Malzone, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 28 Leon Cooper, American physicist who co-developed the BCS theory of superconductivity (Nobel 1972), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 28 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • Feb 28 Marty Grosz, American swing and dixieland jazz guitarist, banjoist, vocalist, and composer born in Berlin, Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 6 Eva Strittmatter, German writer (Tinko), dies at 17
  • Feb 22 Godfried CE van Daalen, Dutch general/governor of Atjeh, dies at 66
  • Feb 23 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • Feb 23 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • Feb 24 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 64
  • Feb 28 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, dies at 40