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

Historic DiscoveryThe 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

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  • 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 battleVictory 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

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo