On This Day

Historical Events in February 1897

  • Feb 1 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
  • Feb 5 Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
  • Feb 5 1st showing of a motion picture in Hawaii at the Hawaiian Opera House

The Benin Pendant Mask

Feb 9 Invasion of Benin City by British Expedition force, the city is burnt and looted, marks the end of Nigerian Kingdom of Benin formed in the 11th century

  • Feb 10 NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
  • Feb 11 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
  • Feb 17 National Organization of Mothers formed in American by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst (Parent Teacher Association)

Victory in Battle

Feb 17 Emilio Aguinaldo and a group of katipuneros defeat Spanish forces led by General Camilo de Polavieja at the Battle of Zapote Bridge in Cavite