On This Day

February 1917 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 German Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz announces unrestricted submarine warfare against allied shipping

Historic Event

Feb 3 US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Woodrow Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany

  • Feb 4 Belgian Council of Flanders established
  • Feb 5 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • Feb 5 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

Historic Event

Feb 5 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

  • Feb 10 Johanna Westerdijk installed as the Netherlands' 1st female professor
  • Feb 12 1st edition of Joseph Patterson and Sidney Smith's strip "The Gumps"
  • Feb 15 San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • Feb 16 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • Feb 17 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • Feb 18 1st major strike of the Russian "February Revolution" starts at the giant Putilov factory in Petrograd [NS=Mar 3]
  • Feb 21 British troopship SS Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 646 die
  • Feb 22 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • Feb 24 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)

Historic Event

Feb 26 Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies [NS Mar 11]

  • Feb 26 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • Feb 28 AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • Feb 11 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

Sidney Sheldon

Feb 11 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

  • Feb 11 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Herbert A Hauptman, American x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (color television), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Carson McCullers, American novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • Feb 20 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • Feb 21 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • Feb 22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • Feb 22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Feb 24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 25 Alex Gordon, Welsh architect, born in Ayr, Scotland

Anthony Burgess

Feb 25 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist and novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

  • Feb 25 Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • Feb 26 Robert Taft Jr, American politician (Sen-R-Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • Feb 27 John Connally Jr, American politician, 39th Governor of Texas, and federal treasurer who was critically wounded during the assassination of Kennedy, born in Floresville, Texas (d. 1993)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • Feb 6 Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • Feb 10 John William Waterhouse, British painter, dies of cancer at 67
  • Feb 11 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • Feb 15 Charles A van Ophuysen, Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • Feb 17 Edmund Bishop, English Roman Catholic historian and Secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
  • Feb 20 Leone Sextus Tollemache, British Army captain who was incorrectly alleged to have the longest English surname on record (Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache), dies in active service in WWI at 32