February 1884 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
  • Feb 18 General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum

Event of Interest

Feb 18 Russian police seize all copies of Leo Tolstoy's book "What I Believe In"

  • Feb 19 "Enigma Outbreak" of over 60 tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill hundreds, if not over a thousand (hence the "enigma") people

Treaty of Interest

Feb 26 British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer and Soviet dissident (We), born in Lebedyan, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • Feb 2 Julius Deutsch, Austria politician and general in the Spanish republican army, born in Lackenbach, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968)
  • Feb 9 Frederik Gerretson [Geerten Gossaert], Dutch poet and politician, born in Kralingen, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • Feb 10 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Johan Laidoner, Estonian military commander (d. 1953)
  • Feb 12 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • Feb 12 Max Beckmann, German painter and graphic artist, born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1950)
  • Feb 14 Hezekiah M. Washburn, American Presbyterian Congo missionary, born in Brooksville, Bracken, Kentucky (d. 1972)
  • Feb 14 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • Feb 17 Arthur Vanderpoorten, Belgian politician (Minister of Internal Affairs 1940), born in Puurs, Belgium (d. 1945)
  • Feb 18 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
  • Feb 23 Herman Courtens, Belgian painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • Feb 26 Hildo Krop, Dutch modernistic sculptor, born in Steenwijk, Netherlands (d. 1970)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 8 Arnold Henry Guyot, Swiss-American geologist, geographer and meteorologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 12 Aaron Bernstein, German Jewish writer (Young Germany), dies at 72
  • Feb 14 Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt, dies of Bright's disease at 22
  • Feb 23 Jimmy Tambo, Australian aboriginal, US circus attraction, dies at 23