On This Day

Historical Events in February 1924

  • Feb 1 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens

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Feb 1 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • Feb 2 International Ski Federation (FIS) forms
  • Feb 2 Norway’s Thorleif Haug takes the cross-country double at the Chamonix Winter Olympics when he wins the 18k event; Haug also 50k gold medalist
  • Feb 3 Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin)
  • Feb 3 Canada beats United States, 6-1 to retain the Olympic ice hockey gold medal (won at 1920 Summer Games) at the Chamonix Games; Canadian LW Harry Watson top scores with 46 points
  • Feb 3 Switzerland claims the inaugural Olympic bobsleigh gold medal at the Chamonix Games, ahead of Great Britain and Belgium
  • Feb 4 George Kelly's play "Show-Off," premieres in New York City
  • Feb 4 Norway sweeps the medals in the Nordic combined event at the inaugural Chamonix Winter Olympics; Thorleif Haug wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of team mates Thoralf Strømstad & Johan Grøttumsbråten
  • Feb 4 Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway wins ski jumping gold at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; in 1936 he earns a silver medal in sailing at Berlin Summer Games
  • Feb 5 I Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France
  • Feb 5 The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".

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Feb 7 Benito Mussolini's Italian government exchanges diplomats with USSR

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Feb 8 1st US coast-to-coast radio hookup: General John Joseph Carty speech in Chicago
  • Feb 9 Nakhichevan ASSR constituted within Azerbaijan SSR
  • Feb 10 Bucky Harris at 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators)
  • Feb 12 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at influential concert "Experiment in Modern Music" held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall, NYC
  • Feb 12 George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback" premieres in NYC

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Feb 14 Thomas J. Watson renames the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) as International Business Machines (IBM)

Businessman Thomas J. Watson
Businessman
Thomas J. Watson
  • Feb 15 A deputation for the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) meets with the Minister of the Interior, Sir Patrick Duncan, and presents him with a memorandum setting out their objections concerning the Class Areas Bill
  • Feb 17 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, FL
  • Feb 18 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
  • Feb 18 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

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Feb 18 US Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby resigns due to Teapot Dome scandal

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • Feb 24 Greek parliament proclaims republic

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Feb 24 Mahatma Gandhi released from jail

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Feb 25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)

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Feb 26 Trial against Hitler for treason in "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich begins

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
German General Erich Ludendorff
German General
Erich Ludendorff
  • Feb 27 Belgium's Theunis government falls
  • Feb 28 US begins intervention in Honduras