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Historical Events in February 1909

  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens
  • Feb 1 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • Feb 2 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • Feb 8 France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco
  • Feb 9 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)

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Feb 12 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms

Nurse and Social Activist Lillian Wald
Nurse and Social Activist
Lillian Wald
Civil Rights Leader, Journalist and Suffragist Ida B. Wells
Civil Rights Leader, Journalist and Suffragist
Ida B. Wells
  • Feb 12 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)
  • Feb 12 American James Clark runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) in NYC

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Feb 12 Symphony in B minor "Polonia", by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • Feb 16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • Feb 16 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary

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Feb 18 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Feb 20 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal "Le Figaro"
  • Feb 21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London

BoatGreat White Fleet

Feb 22 Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Virginia

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American naval ships leave Virginia on December 16, 1907, the first day of their two-year voyage
American naval ships leave Virginia on December 16, 1907, the first day of their two-year voyage
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Feb 23 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

  • Feb 24 The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
  • Feb 26 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation
  • Feb 28 1st National Woman's Day is observed in the United States. Organized by the Socialist Party of America in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.