On This Day

February 1898 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
  • Feb 8 John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming mach (Mass)
  • Feb 11 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named US minister to Liberia
  • Feb 15 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
  • Feb 22 Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City, South Carolina

Historic Event

Feb 23 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus

Jewish Artillery Officer Alfred Dreyfus
Jewish Artillery Officer
Alfred Dreyfus

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (Finlandia House) and designer, born in Kuortane, Finland (d. 1976)
  • Feb 3 Paul Urysohn, Russian mathematician
  • Feb 8 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), born in Manila, Spanish Philippines (d. 1964)
  • Feb 10 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), born in Augsburg, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • Feb 10 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)

Leó Szilárd

Feb 11 Leo Szilard, Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, born in Budapest, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)

Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd
  • Feb 13 Neville Pearson, English publisher
  • Feb 14 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter), born in Varna, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • Feb 18 Enzo Ferrari, racing car manufacturer, Modena
  • Feb 18 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
  • Feb 19 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen [Lou de Palingboer], Dutch sect leader
  • Feb 22 Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
  • Feb 23 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist
  • Feb 24 Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
  • Feb 25 William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)
  • Feb 26 Julien de Valckenaere, Flemish writer

Deaths in History

  • Feb 16 Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  • Feb 18 Frances Willard, American educator and founder (Woman's Christian Temperance), dies at 58