On This Day

February 1929 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs
  • Feb 1 Pi Alphha Phi, the first Asian-American interest fraternity in the United States, is founded at UC Berkeley
  • Feb 3 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 6 Rudy Vallee records single "Deep Night"
  • Feb 8 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 9 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov's Pact, providing for renunciation of war among its signatories
  • Feb 10 Bishop Stephen Alencastre dedicates the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Patrick in Honolulu

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Feb 11 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo" premieres in NYC

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
  • Feb 11 Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is made an enclave of Rome
  • Feb 12 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30)
  • Feb 13 Cruiser Act, USA, approves the construction of 19 new cruisers & an aircraft carrier
  • Feb 13 Vladimir Mayakofsky's "Klop" premieres in Moscow

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Feb 14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Feb 16 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions

MurderMurder of Interest

Feb 16 In mysterious murder suicide Ned Doheny Jr., son of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny, dies along with secretary Hugh Plunkett at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny
Oil Tycoon
Edward L. Doheny
  • Feb 19 Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, NY
  • Feb 20 American Samoa organizes as territory of US

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Feb 26 US President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Feb 27 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Mary Joan Nielubowicz, rear admiral/nurse
  • Feb 5 Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
  • Feb 6 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer, born in Boconó, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • Feb 9 Bill Barrett, (Rep-R-Nebraska)
  • Feb 9 Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • Feb 10 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • Feb 13 Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
  • Feb 14 Matthew G Martinez, (Rep-D-CA, 1982- )
  • Feb 15 James Schlesinger, US Secretary of Defense (1973-75)
  • Feb 16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • Feb 17 Chaim Potok, American novelist (Promise), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, born in Northumberland (d. 1993)
  • Feb 18 Leonard Cyril Deighton, English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
  • Feb 24 David Houston, Major-General/Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland
  • Feb 25 Peter Bingham Hinchcliff, British church historian (1 Sided Reciprocity)

Person of interestFrank Gehry

Feb 28 Frank Gehry, Canadian born American architect (Bilbao Guggenheim Museum), born in Toronto, Canada

Architect Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry
  • Feb 28 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • Feb 8 Maria Christina of Austria, queen of Spain, dies at 71
  • Feb 12 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist, dies at 66
  • Feb 28 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54