Historical Events in February 1931

  • Feb 2 1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students
  • Feb 2 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)

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Feb 3 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "apex of moronia"

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • Feb 3 The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258
  • Feb 4 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • Feb 5 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  • Feb 7 US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera, New York City
  • Feb 8 Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000
  • Feb 10 New Delhi becomes capital of India
  • Feb 10 Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Harts premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting with the callsign HVJ

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Feb 14 Don Bradman scores 152 for Australia v West Indies, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 14 Spanish government of General Damasco Berenguer falls

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Feb 14 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • Feb 15 Spring training site of NY Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager
  • Feb 16 Extreme right wing Pehr Evind Svinhufvud becomes President of Finland
  • Feb 17 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • Feb 17 Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
  • Feb 20 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
  • Feb 21 Alka Seltzer introduced
  • Feb 21 Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game
  • Feb 28 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • Feb 28 British politician Oswald Mosley founds the New Party