Historical Events in February 1916

  • Feb 3 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
  • Feb 3 Tristan Tzara publishes the Dada manifesto in Zurich, Switzerland

Music Recording

Feb 5 Enrico Caruso records "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co.

  • Feb 8 French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
  • Feb 8 NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats
  • Feb 9 Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
  • Feb 9 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)

Historic Event

Feb 10 Biggest oil well gusher ever - Edward L. Doheny's Cerro Azul No. 4 first gushes 600 feet in the air near Tampico, Mexico

  • Feb 10 Military conscription begins in Britain
  • Feb 11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
  • Feb 11 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
  • Feb 11 Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March

Historic Event

Feb 13 Albert Einstein presents Karl Schwarzschild’'s solution to his equations for a (then theoretical) black hole to the Prussian Academy of Sciences

  • Feb 15 NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
  • Feb 16 Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI

Historic Event

Feb 16 The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania

  • Feb 16 The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
  • Feb 17 Sigmund Romberg, James Hanley, Harold R. Atteridge and Edgar Smith's musical Robinson Crusoe Jr. premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
  • Feb 21 World War I: Battle of Verdun begins with a German offensive, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties and becomes the longest battle of the entire war (9 months)
  • Feb 22 The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
  • Feb 23 US Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
  • Feb 25 Battle of Verdun: German troops conquer Fort Douaumont without firing a shot, the largest and highest fort defending the city of Verdun during World War I
  • Feb 26 Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930

Contract of Interest

Feb 26 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract

  • Feb 26 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah, Persia