On This Day

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

New ZealandHawke's Bay Earthquake

Feb 3 New Zealand's worst natural disaster, the Hawke's Bay earthquake, kills 256 and injures thousands, devastating Napier and the Hawke's Bay region
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The Hastings post office damaged after the 1931 earthquake
The Hastings post office damaged after the 1931 earthquake
  • Feb 4 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • Feb 5 Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
  • Feb 5 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 246.08 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 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 the capital of India
  • Feb 10 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts musical "America's Sweetheart" premieres on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, 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