On This Day

February 1924 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens

Historic Event

Feb 1 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union

  • Feb 2 International Ski Federation (FIS) forms
  • Feb 3 Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin)

Historic Event

Feb 7 Benito Mussolini's Italian government exchanges diplomats with USSR

  • Feb 8 1st US coast-to-coast radio hookup: General John Joseph Carty speech in Chicago
  • Feb 9 Nakhichevan ASSR constituted within Azerbaijan SSR
  • Feb 12 George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 14 Thomas J. Watson renames the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) as International Business Machines (IBM)

  • Feb 15 A deputation for the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) meets with the Minister of the Interior, Sir Patrick Duncan, and presents him with a memorandum setting out their objections concerning the Class Areas Bill

Historic Event

Feb 18 US Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby resigns due to Teapot Dome scandal

  • Feb 24 Greek parliament proclaims republic

Coup d'état

Feb 26 Trial against Adolf Hitler for treason in "Beer Hall Putsch" begins in Munich, Germany

  • Feb 27 Belgium's Theunis government falls
  • Feb 28 US begins intervention in Honduras

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 H. Richard Hornberger, American writer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 1 Ben Weider, Quebec businessman and author
  • Feb 5 Robert Lynn, anarchist
  • Feb 6 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist & author (Road to Rome), born in Urbino, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Feb 6 Jin Yong [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, born in Haining, China (d. 2018)
  • Feb 7 Cathy Long, (Rep-D-LA, 1985-86)
  • Feb 11 Mary Tregear, Oriental art historian
  • Feb 12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • Feb 13 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French economic journalist, and politician (founder of Radical Party), born in PAris, France (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, born in Westminster, London, England (d. 2017)
  • Feb 16 James Swaffield, British civil servant (Director-General of Greater London Council) (d. 2015)
  • Feb 16 Peter Webster, British High Court Judge
  • Feb 17 Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
  • Feb 18 Louis Laberge, Quebec labour union leader (d. 2002)
  • Feb 18 Evald Ilyenkov, Soviet philosopher (Dialectical Logic), born in Smolensk, Soviet Union (d. 1979)
  • Feb 18 Nicolo Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian organized crime figure, born in Cattolica Eraclea, Sicily, Italy (d. 2010)
  • Feb 20 Gloria Vanderbilt, American fashion designer, artist, heiress and socialite, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)

Robert Mugabe

Feb 21 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and 1st black President of Zimbabwe (1988-2017), born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 2019)

  • Feb 24 William Pillar, British admiral
  • Feb 25 Peg Ridge, peace campaigner
  • Feb 26 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), born in Unnan, Japan (d. 2000)
  • Feb 27 Magnus MacDonald Shearer, former Lord Lieutenant of Shetland
  • Feb 28 Robert A Roe, American politician (Rep-D-NJ, 1969-93), born in Wayne, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • Feb 29 David Beattie, New Zealand judge, Governor-General of NZ (1980-85), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2001)
  • Feb 29 Otto Hutter, British physiologist, born in Vienna, Austria

Weddings in History

Edwin Hubble

Feb 26 Astronomer Edwin Hubble (34) weds Grace Burke in Pasadena, California

Deaths in History

Woodrow Wilson

Feb 3 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67

  • Feb 8 Gee John, Chinese-American gangster (1st person in US to be executed by lethal gas in Nevada), executed at 29
  • Feb 9 Nils Kjær, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53

Henry Bacon

Feb 17 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), dies at 57

  • Feb 24 Edmond Picard, French-Belgian lawyer and writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87