On This Day

February 1922 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22

Historic Publication

Feb 2 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)

  • Feb 4 WGY-AM in Schenectady NY begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 4 After boycotts and international pressure, Japan agrees to return Shantung Province to China

Historic Event

Feb 4 First part of Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Garden Party" appears in the Saturday Westminster Gazette

  • Feb 5 Reader's Digest magazine 1st published

Papal Inauguration

Feb 6 Cardinal Achille Ratti elected Pope Pius XI

  • Feb 6 US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation
  • Feb 7 John Willard's "Cat & the Canary" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Radio arrives at the White House
  • Feb 9 Italian government of Bonomi falls
  • Feb 9 Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii
  • Feb 9 Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Feb 9 World War Foreign Debt Commission is established by Congress to settle the problem of Allied war and postwar loans
  • Feb 11 US intervention army leaves Honduras
  • Feb 11 Influential arts festival Semana de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Week) opens in São Paulo - the beginning of Modernism in Brazil

Historic Event

Feb 15 Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex

  • Feb 18 WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 18 The Capper-Volstead Act allows farmers to buy and sell cooperatively without the risk of prosecution under antitrust laws
  • Feb 19 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer

Historic Event

Feb 20 Marc Connelly & George Kaufman's "To the Ladies" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 20 Vilnius, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
  • Feb 20 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 21 Airship "Rome" explodes at Hampton Roads, Virginia; 34 die
  • Feb 21 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • Feb 21 WHK-AM in Cleveland, Ohio begins radio transmissions

Historic Event

Feb 21 Irish Nationalist Eamon De Valera calls a convention of the Sinn Féin, declaring the Republican Government the only legitimate one in all Ireland

  • Feb 22 Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin
  • Feb 22 London issues a unilateral declaration of Egyptian independence

Conference of Interest

Feb 27 US Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

  • Feb 27 G B Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 27 US Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment to the US Constuituent - women's right to vote
  • Feb 28 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski, professor of Cushtic Languages
  • Feb 3 Bill Chappell Jr, (Rep-D-FL, 1969- )
  • Feb 4 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), born in Ron, Karnataka, India (d. 2011)
  • Feb 10 Harold Hughes, American politician, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator, born in Ida County, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • Feb 10 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • Feb 13 Lord Pym of Sandy, British minister of foreign affairs
  • Feb 13 Gordon Tullock, American economist
  • Feb 13 Tristram Coffin, San Marino, California, folklorist (The Book of Christmas Folklore, The Old Ball Game), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 15 Herman Kahn, NJ, writer (Thinking About the Unthinkable)
  • Feb 15 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Feb 16 Paul van 't Veer, Dutch journalist/writer (Het Vrije Volk)
  • Feb 17 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • Feb 18 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-1979)
  • Feb 18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, born in Muhu, Estonia (d. 1971)
  • Feb 19 Beant Singh, politiician
  • Feb 22 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), born in South Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Richard Hamilton, English early pop art painter, born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Feb 27 Mervyn Jones, author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers)
  • Feb 27 Hans Rookmaaker, Dutch professor and art historian (d. 1977)

Weddings in History

Douglas MacArthur

Feb 14 Soldier Douglas MacArthur (42) marries 1st wife heiress Louise Cromwell Brooks (32)

  • Feb 28 English Princess Mary marries Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • Feb 3 John Butler Yeats, Northern Irish artist (b. 1839)
  • Feb 5 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • Feb 11 Gerard Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish lawyer and politician (Minister of the Interior), assassinated at 41
  • Feb 15 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German/Dutch anarchist/feminist, dies at 36
  • Feb 23 Albert Victor Bäcklund, Swedish physicist (b. 1845)
  • Feb 25 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52