On This Day

February 1894 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
  • Feb 5 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • Feb 6 Bottle opener patented by William Painter
  • Feb 7 The Cripple Creek miners' strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado
  • Feb 8 Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
  • Feb 12 Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20.
  • Feb 14 Venus is both a morning star & evening star
  • Feb 16 British troops occupy Ilorin, Gold Coast
  • Feb 24 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Norman Rockwell, American artist/illustrator (Sat Evening Post covers)
  • Feb 6 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer, born in Waimata Valley, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • Feb 8 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher

Person of interestBilly Bishop

Feb 8 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1956)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

Feb 10 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London (d. 1986)

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Feb 11 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
  • Feb 15 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazil, lawyer/statesman (1st President of UN)
  • Feb 25 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • Feb 25 Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 13 Franjo Rački, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 65
  • Feb 14 Eugène Charles Catalan, French-Belgian mathematician (worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics), dies at 79
  • Feb 21 Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (Rue de Paris) and member of Impressionists, dies at 45