On This Day

February 1914 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • Feb 1 Tanganyika Railway opens
  • Feb 4 US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
  • Feb 7 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
  • Feb 8 General Zamon becomes President of Haiti

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Feb 10 In accordance with the understanding reached by General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, 60 passive resistance prisoners released from Pietermaritzburg Prison; 40 passive resisters released in Durban, 8 in Newcastle, 11 in Port Elizabeth

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi

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Feb 12 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • Feb 14 High Council of Labor forms in Hague Netherlands
  • Feb 16 1st airplane flight from LA to SF

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Feb 19 Four-year old Charlotte May Pierstorff mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away in most famous 'child in the post' instance

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Children "mailed" by their parents because it was cheaper to mail them - if a child came in under the 50 pound parcel weight limit, than other ways to travel
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  • Feb 21 Bai Lang ("White Wolf") troops attack Zhanjiang, China
  • Feb 21 In a secret meeting of civil and military leaders, Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov convinces them to support a plan for seizing the straits, controlled by Turkey, that block access to the Mediterranean
  • Feb 24 Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26 New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
  • Feb 26 HMHS Britannic, sister to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
  • Feb 28 Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the San Francisco Exposition

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Eric Kierans, Canadian politician and economist (d. 2004)
  • Feb 3 Cornelis "Kees" Andrea, Dutch painter, graphic artist and carpet designer
  • Feb 3 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)
  • Feb 4 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • Feb 5 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), born in Banbury (d. 1998)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

Feb 5 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • Feb 7 David Ignatow, American poet (Tread the Dark, Rescue the Dead)
  • Feb 7 Jacques Mornard [Ramon Mercader], murderer (Trotsky)
  • Feb 7 Ralph Whitlock, English writer, born in Pitton (d. 1995)
  • Feb 10 Larry Adler, Balt, hamonicist (Harmonicats) (blacklisted performer)
  • Feb 11 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • Feb 12 Nello Celio, Swiss politician, born in Quinto, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 12 Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference", born in Rome, Italy (d. 1999)
  • Feb 14 Margarete Mewes, Nazi overseer at concentration camp
  • Feb 15 R W Woods, bishop (Worcester)
  • Feb 15 Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
  • Feb 16 J Tobin, British anaesthetist
  • Feb 17 Albert Westerlinck [Jose J M Aerts pseudoym], Flemish poet, writer and priest, born in Geel, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Feb 20 Marion Kettlewell, British director (WRNS)
  • Feb 20 Willem J H Baart, Dutch vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • Feb 21 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Parool/VARA)
  • Feb 22 Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • Feb 23 Margaret Farrer, CEO (Central Midwives Board)
  • Feb 24 David Langdon, cartoonist/illustrator
  • Feb 24 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (d. 2005)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 6 Albert Neuhuys, Dutch painter of peasant families (Laren School), dies at 69
  • Feb 13 Alphonse Bertillon, French police officer and anthropologist (devised crime ID system), dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison
  • Feb 24 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Feb 25 John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93