February 1889 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 7 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in San Francisco
  • Feb 8 Flood ravages Dutch coast
  • Feb 9 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency
  • Feb 11 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

The Lady from the Sea

Feb 12 Henrik Ibsen's play "Fruen fra havet" (The Lady from the Sea) premieres in Oslo

  • Feb 14 1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves LA for east
  • Feb 22 US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia), born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • Feb 3 Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'arc), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1968)
  • Feb 3 Risto Ryti, Finnish politician (Prime Minister of Finland 1939-41, President of Finland 1940-44), born in Huittinen, Finland (d. 1956)
  • Feb 4 Walter Catlett, American actor (Climax, Front Page, Tale of 2 Cities), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1960)
  • Feb 6 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, born in Lummen, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • Feb 6 Siegfried Kracauer, German writer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Feb 7 Harry Nyquist, Swedish-American physicist and electronic engineer who contributed to communication theory (Nyquist–Shannon sampling theorem; Nyquist rate), born in Nilsby, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1976)
  • Feb 10 Howard Spring, Welsh writer and critic (O Absalom), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1965)
  • Feb 17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil tycoon (East Texas Oil Field), born near Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • Feb 18 Sybold van Ravesteyn, Dutch architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Feb 21 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), born in Corsham, Wiltshire, England (d. 1979)
  • Feb 22 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
  • Feb 22 Robin G. Collingwood, English philosopher. historian ("The Principles of Art"; "The Idea of History") and archaeologist (Roman Britain), born in Cartmel Fell, England (d. 1943)
  • Feb 23 Frederik M. baron of Asbeck, Dutch lawyer and legal scholar (League of Nations), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • Feb 25 Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
  • Feb 27 Samuel Bronfman, Jewish-Russian-Canadian businessman, distiller (founder of Seagrams), and philanthropist was born in Otaci, Bessarabia, Russian Empire (now Moldova) (d. 1971)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], American outlaw (wild west), murdered at 40
  • Feb 13 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1885)