February 1896 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 8 Georges Feydeau's "Le Dindon" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 8 Western Conference forms of Midwestern U, later renamed Big 10 Conf

Event of Interest

Feb 11 Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris

Historic Publication

Feb 14 Austro-Hungarian Zionist Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat" (The Jewish State), encouraging Jews to purchase land in Palestine

  • Feb 14 Theodor Hertzl's "Der Judenstaat" (The Jewish State) is published, proposing a Jewish homeland as a means of escaping anti-Semitism in Europe

The Yellow Kid

Feb 16 First US newspaper comic strip, Richard Felton Outcault's "The Yellow Kid," is published in William Randolph Hearst’s "New York Journal" [1]

  • Feb 17 Muzzling Order on the London County Council enforced
  • Feb 18 Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs
  • Feb 23 Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
  • Feb 25 Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
  • Feb 28 France dismisses Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar and exiles her to the island of Réunion

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), born in San Marcos, Nicaragua (d. 1956)
  • Feb 2 Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 3 Johannes Urzidil, German-Bohemian poet and historian, born in Prague (d. 1970)
  • Feb 4 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (Sergeant Studer detective novels), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
  • Feb 4 Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • Feb 7 Harold Hoffman, American politician (Governor of New Jersey 1935-38), born in South Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1954)
  • Feb 7 Jacob Paludan, Danish writer and critic (Jorgen Stein), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1975)
  • Feb 9 Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter, primarily of "pin-up girls", born in Arequipa, Peru (d. 1982)
  • Feb 14 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), born in Yorkshire, England (d. 1950)

André BretonAndré Breton (1896-1966)

Feb 18 French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, born in Tinchebray, France

  • Feb 20 Henri de Lubac, French Jesuit cardinal and theologist ("new theology” movement that influenced Second Vatican Council), born in Cambrai, France (d. 1991)
  • Feb 22 Paul Van Ostaijen, Belgian-Dutch poet, writer and critic (Occupied City), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1928)
  • Feb 24 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • Feb 25 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), born in Sheridan, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • Feb 26 Andrei Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism), born in Mariupol, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • Feb 28 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Feb 29 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), born in Bhadeli, British India (d. 1995)
  • Feb 29 Stanley Swash, British businessman (CEO of Woolworths) (d. 1997)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Abraham van Stolk, Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • Feb 15 E J Nicholson, writer, dies
  • Feb 26 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, dies at 80