February 1911 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 6 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona
  • Feb 6 Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Feb 8 US helps overthrow President Miguel Devila of Honduras
  • Feb 17 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
  • Feb 18 The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
  • Feb 22 The Canadian Parliament resolves to maintain union with the British Empire, while controlling domestic fiscal affairs
  • Feb 24 Japan and the US conclude a treaty that continues restrictions on Japanese laborers

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 8 Anne Hopkins Aitken, American Zen Buddhist and co-founder of Diamond Sangha, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Feb 8 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South, Pulitzer Prize 1956), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • Feb 8 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist and writer (d. 1986)
  • Feb 9 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Cairncross, Scottish economist (Chancellor of Glasgow University), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1998)
  • Feb 12 Antonio Guzman Fernandez, Dominican politician (President of the Dominican Republic 1978-82), born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1982)
  • Feb 12 Frank Hercules, Trinidadian-American novelist (On Leaving Paradise; Sunrise at Midnight), and teacher, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • Feb 12 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (d. 1968)
  • Feb 14 Willem J. Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • Feb 15 Leonard Woodcock, American labor leader (United Auto Workers) and US ambassador to China, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • Feb 16 Hal Porter, Australian writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase), born in Albert Park, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Feb 23 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • Feb 23 Walter Allen, English writer and literary critic, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1995)
  • Feb 26 Josef Smrkovský, Czechoslovak communist politician, born in Velenka, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1974)
  • Feb 26 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji), born in Tanjung Pura, Langkat, Dutch East Indies (d. 1946)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 4 Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75
  • Feb 5 Petrus A Cronjé, Transvaal Boer general, dies
  • Feb 11 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild, Austrian banker and member of the Rothschild banking family of Austria, dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
  • Feb 22 Frances Harper, African-American abolinist, suffragist and writer (Iola Leroy), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 William Lewis Cabell ", Old Tige" American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and Mayor of Dallas, dies at 84