What Happened in February 1931

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students
  • Feb 2 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "apex of moronia"

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • Feb 3 The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258
  • Feb 4 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • Feb 5 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  • Feb 7 US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera, New York City
  • Feb 8 Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000
  • Feb 10 New Delhi becomes capital of India
  • Feb 10 Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Harts premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting with the callsign HVJ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Don Bradman scores 152 for Australia v West Indies, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 14 Spanish government of General Damasco Berenguer falls

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 14 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • Feb 15 Spring training site of NY Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager
  • Feb 16 Extreme right wing Pehr Evind Svinhufvud becomes President of Finland
  • Feb 17 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • Feb 17 Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
  • Feb 20 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
  • Feb 21 Alka Seltzer introduced
  • Feb 21 Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game
  • Feb 28 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • Feb 28 British politician Oswald Mosley founds the New Party

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBoris Yeltsin

Feb 1 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician and President of Russian Federation (1991-1999), born in Butka, Sverdlovsk, (d. 2007)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Feb 1 Madeline Berthod, Swiss downhill skier (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Feb 1 Mark Richmond, CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
  • Feb 2 Dries van Agt, Dutch Prime Minister (CDA, 1977-82), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • Feb 2 Les Dawson, British comedian (d. 1993)
  • Feb 2 Judith Viorst, American author
  • Feb 4 Isabel Martínez de Perón, [Maria Martinez], wife of Juan Perón and President of Argentina (1974-76), born in La Rioja, Argentina
  • Feb 6 Fred Trueman, England cricket fast bowler (England 67 Tests, 307 wickets), born in Stainton, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 6 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Temple, Texas
  • Feb 6 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota

Person of interestJames Dean

Feb 8 James Dean, American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, born in Marion, Indiana (d. 1955)

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean
  • Feb 8 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), born in Sharqia Governorate, Egypt, birth date disputed (d. 2017)
  • Feb 9 Robert Morris, American sculptor and painter, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Feb 9 Xavier Benguerel, composer
  • Feb 9 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • Feb 10 Gerhard Rosenfeld, composer
  • Feb 10 Makoto Shinohara, composer
  • Feb 10 Thomas Bernhard, writer
  • Feb 11 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • Feb 12 Constance A Morella, (Rep-R-Maryland)
  • Feb 12 Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • Feb 14 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • Feb 14 Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Brian Kelly, American actor (Flipper, Straightaway), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Feb 15 W K Reid, British ombudsman
  • Feb 15 [Patricia] Claire Bloom, British actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger), born in London, England
  • Feb 15 Geoff Edwards, American television game show host, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 16 Alfred Kolleritsch, Austrian writer, born in Eichfeld
  • Feb 16 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • Feb 16 George E Sangmeister, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • Feb 16 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • Feb 16 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Dieter Schonbach, composer
  • Feb 18 Johnny Hart, cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2007)
  • Feb 18 Maxwell Thurman, US General
  • Feb 18 Swraj Paul, Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)
  • Feb 18 Toni Morrison, Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)
  • Feb 18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 23 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist and sculptor (Great American Nudes) (d. 2004)
  • Feb 24 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • Feb 24 Inge Bernstein, British judge
  • Feb 24 Lev Vasilyevich Vorobyov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 24 Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher Rinzai/Soto lines of Zen Buddhism
  • Feb 24 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, born in Reggio Emilia (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Dominic Chianese, American actor, singer, and musician (The Sopranos, The Godfather Part II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 25 Christopher George, American actor (Rat Patrol, Immortal), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • Feb 25 Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP
  • Feb 25 J R Stephenson, Lt-col/secretary (MCC)
  • Feb 26 Francisco Kroepfl, composer
  • Feb 26 Robert D Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Feb 26 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • Feb 27 Andrew Sloan, Chief Constable (Strathcourt)
  • Feb 28 Gavin MacLeod, American actor (Murray-Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat), born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • Feb 28 Gustav Thoni, Italian skiier (World Cup-1971, 72, 73, 75)
  • Feb 28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bikrampur, British Raj, President (Bangladesh, 2002-2009), (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 7 Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (33) weds publisher George Palmer Putnam (43) in Noank, Connecticut


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Theodor Batthynyi, Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
  • Feb 3 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist, dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
  • Feb 12 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (b. 1855)
  • Feb 18 Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 51
  • Feb 23 Nellie Melba, [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
  • Feb 26 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Chandra Sekhar Azad, Indian revolutionary (Hindustan Socialist Republican Army), dies at 24