February 1919 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Monarchist riot in Portugal
  • Feb 3 Socialist conference convenes (Berne, Switzerland)
  • Feb 3 The Bolshevik army is defeated in a series of clashes with the White Russians, who are fighting to reclaim the government after the 1917 revolution
  • Feb 4 City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown
  • Feb 5 NL President John Heydler dismisses charges that Hal Chase bet against his team and threw games in collusion with gamblers
  • Feb 6 1st day of 5-day Seattle general strike
  • Feb 6 The first day of the Weimar Republic which, because of its support of the Treaty of Versailles, does not receive proper allegiance from the German nation
  • Feb 11 Friedrich Ebert (SPD) elected president of Germany
  • Feb 14 The Polish-Soviet War begins.
  • Feb 14 United Parcel Service forms
  • Feb 15 American Legion organizes in Paris

Historic Event

Feb 19 Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois in Paris

Assassination Attempt

Feb 20 French Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau injured during assassination attempt

  • Feb 21 German National Meeting accepts Anschluss: incorporation of Austria
  • Feb 21 Kurt Eisner, Premier of the Bavarian Republic, is assassinated by a far-right German nationalist in Munich
  • Feb 21 Revolutionary strike in Barcelona

Historic Event

Feb 23 Fascist Party formed in Italy by Benito Mussolini

  • Feb 25 Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
  • Feb 26 Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine
  • Feb 26 US Congress establishes Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • Feb 27 1st public performance of Holst's "Planets"
  • Feb 27 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Frank van Klingeren, Dutch architect (De Meerpaal, Dronten)
  • Feb 5 Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (d. 1996)
  • Feb 6 Louis Heren, English foreign correspondent & writer (China's Three Thousand Years), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • Feb 23 Derek Ezra [Baron Ezra], British politician and Liberal Democrat Life Peer
  • Feb 24 Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist
  • Feb 24 Henry Kitchener, British peer, 3rd and last Earl of Khartoum (d. 2011)
  • Feb 25 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian
  • Feb 25 Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist

Divorces in History

Albert Einstein

Feb 14 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (39) divorces Mileva Maric after 16 years of marriage

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Charles Edward Pickering, American astronomer and pioneered American spectroscopist, dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Bavaria, dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Vasili V Rozanov, Russian philosopher & writer, dies at 62
  • Feb 6 Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg, German-Dutch sculptor and architect of church interiors, dies at 81
  • Feb 7 William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient who survived 31 days at sea in a small boat to seek help for the shipwrecked USS Saginaw, dies at 77
  • Feb 13 Matteo Albertone, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Pieter K Pel, Dutch internist (Pel-Ebstein fever), dies at 66
  • Feb 21 Habibullah Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1901-19), murdered at 46
  • Feb 21 Karl Anton of Hohenzollern, Prince of Belgium, dies at 51
  • Feb 21 Kurt Eisner, German socialist politician and journalist (Premier of Bavaria), murdered by a far-right German nationalist at 51
  • Feb 21 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and feminist, only woman awarded Medal of Honor (US Civil War), dies at 86