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Historical Events in February 1899

  • Feb 2 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Feb 4 The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces

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Feb 6 Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
  • Feb 10 -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
  • Feb 11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • Feb 11 -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
  • Feb 12 -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
  • Feb 12 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Feb 13 -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
  • Feb 13 -1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La
  • Feb 13 -2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
  • Feb 14 US Congress begins using voting machines
  • Feb 16 Future England cricket captain Pelham Warner scores an unbeaten 132 on his Test debut in a 32 run win over South Africa in the 1st Test in Johannesburg
  • Feb 16 President of France Félix Faure dies in office.
  • Feb 16 Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded
  • Feb 18 80°F recorded in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • Feb 18 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3-2 to sweep series, 2-0 for CAHL
  • Feb 20 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • Feb 24 Western Washington University is established