February 1912 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)
  • Feb 7 2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40)
  • Feb 8 1st eastbound US transcontinental flight lands in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 8 British Emissary journeys to Berlin to suggest that Britain might support German colonial aspirations in Africa if Germany agrees to hold her current naval strength
  • Feb 12 The last Qing Emperor of China, Puyi (age 6) abdicates after losing the support of the Chinese people and thus the "mandate of heaven"
  • Feb 14 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Connecticut
  • Feb 14 Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
  • Feb 15 Schooner 'Fram' reaches latitude 78° 41' S, farthest south ever by ship
  • Feb 22 J Vedrines makes 1st airplane flight over 100 mph-161.29 kph
  • Feb 25 Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
  • Feb 26 Coal miners strike in Britain (settle on 1st March)

Railroad History

Feb 27 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Millvina Dean, British civil servant who was the last living survivor of the RMS Titanic and also the youngest aboard, born in Branscombe, Devon, England (d. 2009)
  • Feb 3 Jacques Soustelle, French anthropologist and Minister of Information (Free French forces), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1990)
  • Feb 4 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, archbishop of Quebec (d. 2006)
  • Feb 4 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • Feb 6 Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Feb 7 Russell Drysdale, Australian artist (painted Australian outback), born in Bognor Regis, England (d. 1981}
  • Feb 11 Roy Fuller, English poet and novelist (Lost Season), born in Failsworth, England (d. 1991)
  • Feb 12 R. F. Delderfield, English author (d. 1972)
  • Feb 14 Edmund G. Love, American historian and author (A Small Bequest, Subways Are for Sleeping), born in Flushing, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • Feb 14 Juan Pujol Garcia, Spanish double agent (spied for Britain, codename Garbo, pretended to spy for Nazi Germany codename Arabel), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1988)
  • Feb 14 Ollie Harrington, American cartoonist (Bootsie), born in Valhalla, New York (d. 1995)
  • Feb 14 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (d. 1988)
  • Feb 16 Arthur Crook, British editor (Times Literary Supplement) (d. 2005)
  • Feb 16 Bob Tadema Sporry, Dutch author (d. 1987)
  • Feb 17 Alice "Andre" Norton, American sci-fi author (The Time Traders, The Zero Stone), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Feb 19 Adolf Rudnicki [Aron Hirschhorn], Polish writer (Niekochana), born in Żabno, Galicia (now Poland) (d. 1990)
  • Feb 19 Peter Francis du Sautoy, British publisher (Faber & Faber) (d. 1995)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • Feb 27 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • Feb 28 Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1945)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 10 Joseph Lister, British surgeon (pioneer of antiseptic surgery), dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Armauer Hansen, Norwegian physician (1st to identify leprosy as bacteria), dies at 70 [1]
  • Feb 16 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • Feb 17 Alois Lexa von Aehrenthal, Austrian diplomat (Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary 1906-12), dies at 57
  • Feb 17 Edgar Evans, Welsh explorer (part of Robert Scott's Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica), dies attempting to return from the Pole at 35
  • Feb 22 Richard Andree, German geographer (Andree's Handatlas), dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1905-12), dies at 59