On This Day

February 1888 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 24 Louisville, Kentucky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • Feb 28 Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliography/founder (Boekengids)
  • Feb 4 Paul Althaus, German theologist (The Christian Truth)
  • Feb 6 Ljudmil Stojanow, Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera), born in Kovachevitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1973)
  • Feb 10 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • Feb 13 Georgios Papandreou, Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece (1944–45, 1963, 1964–65), born in Kalentzi, Achaea, Greece (d. 1968)
  • Feb 13 Heintje Davids [Hendrika], Dutch revue star
  • Feb 17 Otto Stern, German American physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • Feb 19 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • Feb 20 Georges Bernanos, French novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • Feb 21 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • Feb 21 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • Feb 22 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)

Person of interestJohn Foster Dulles

Feb 25 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Feb 27 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (d. 1974)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Anton Mauve, Dutch realist painter and cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • Feb 8 Robert H. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army, dies at 52
  • Feb 11 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (1853-85), dies at 73