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February 1899 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Feb 4 The Philippine–American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces

Spain Declares War Against the United StatesSpain Declares War Against the United States

Feb 6 Spanish–American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate

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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
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  • Feb 10 -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
  • Feb 11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • Feb 11 -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
  • Feb 12 -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
  • Feb 13 -16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record)
  • Feb 13 -1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La
  • Feb 13 -2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
  • Feb 14 US Congress begins using voting machines
  • Feb 16 President of France Félix Faure dies in office.
  • Feb 18 80°F recorded in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • Feb 20 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • Feb 24 Western Washington University is established

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • Feb 3 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • Feb 7 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • Feb 14 John Herman Randall Jr., American philosopher (Western Man), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • Feb 18 Arthur Bryant, English historian (King Charles II)
  • Feb 19 Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
  • Feb 20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 22 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • Feb 23 Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
  • Feb 24 Jacob Presser, Dutch historian/writer (Down-fall)
  • Feb 25 Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
  • Feb 26 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

Deaths in History

  • Feb 6 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
  • Feb 6 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, dies at 24 in mysterious circumstances
  • Feb 11 George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
  • Feb 16 Félix Faure, 6th President of the French Third Republic (1895-99), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 M Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
  • Feb 21 Sir George Bowen, British provincial governor and 5th Governor of New Zealand (1868-73), dies at 77
  • Feb 25 Paul Julius von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news agency, dies at 82