February 1903 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 Frederick Lugard occupies Kano, West Africa

Event of Interest

Feb 11 US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which authorizes the Attorney General to 'expedite' anti-trust cases through the courts, reflecting growing popular support for President Theodore Roosevelt's "trust busting" campaign

  • Feb 14 President Theodore Roosevelt signs bill into law establishing US Department of Commerce & Labor
  • Feb 15 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom
  • Feb 16 -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)

Event of Interest

Feb 18 Dutch government of Abraham Kuyper launches anti-strike laws

  • Feb 20 Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge
  • Feb 21 Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 23 The Sultan agrees to an Austro-Russian plan to reform the government of Macedonia in yet another effort to stifle the rising disorder among the rival Bulgarian
  • Feb 23 The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Georg Rendl, Austrian miner, beekeeper and writer (The Bees Novel) (d. 1972)
  • Feb 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor (1948 Olympics), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • Feb 4 Alexander Oppenheim, British mathematician (Oppenheim conjecture), born in Salford, England (d. 1997)
  • Feb 4 Catherine Wolfe Donohue, American watch dial painter, born in LaSalle County, Illinois (d. 1938) [1]
  • Feb 4 Frank L. Howley, American general (Commander of American sector of Berlin after WWII), born in Hampton, New York (d. 1993)
  • Feb 5 Nathaniel Owings, American architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears Tower), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • Feb 6 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty), born in Kortessem, Belgium (d. 1987)

Tunku Abdul RahmanTunku Abdul Rahman (1903-1990)

Feb 8 Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah

  • Feb 10 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • Feb 13 Georges Simenon, Belgian born mystery writer (Maigret detective novels, Snow Was Black), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • Feb 16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 18 Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian Soviet statesman, Premier of the USSR (1965-77), born in n Karlovka, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • Feb 19 Kay Boyle, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • Feb 20 Ella Maillart, Swiss travel writer, and sportsperson (Forbidden Journey), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Anaïs Nin, French-Cuban writer (Delta of Venus), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit), born in La Havre, France (d. 1976)
  • Feb 22 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 22 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author and radio personality (Toronto Star, Native Argosy), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • Feb 23 Grigori Aleksandrov, Russian film director (Veselye Rebjata), born in Yekaterinburg, Russia (d. 1983)
  • Feb 26 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Weddings in History

Carl Jung

Feb 14 Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (27) weds Swiss watch heiress Emma Rauschenbach (19), until her death in 1955

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist & mathematician (spectroscope), dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • Feb 20 Charles Doolittle, American general (Union volunteer), dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies

Richard Jordan GatlingRichard Jordan Gatling (1818-1903)

Feb 26 American inventor famous for the Gatling Gun, the 1st hand-cranked machine gun, dies at 84

  • Feb 28 Girolamo de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku), dies at 88