February 1903 in history

February 1903 events chronologically

Feb 11 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna, Austria
Feb 14 The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor)
Feb 23 Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity"

Top 7 most famous people born in February 1903

Feb 8 Tunku Abdul Rahman Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955, and the country's first Prime Minister from independence in 1957. He remained as the Prime Minister after Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore joined the federation in 1963 to form Malaysia. He is widely known simply as "Tunku" or "The Tunku" and also called Bapa Kemerdekaan or Bapa Malaysia
Feb 11 Irène Némirovsky a novelist who lived more than half her life in France and wrote in French. She was arrested by the Nazis for being classified as a Jew under the racial laws, which did not take into account her conversion to Roman Catholicism. She died at the age of 39 in Auschwitz, Nazi Germany-occupied Poland
Feb 13 Georges Simenon a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 200 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret
Feb 21 Raymond Queneau a French novelist, poet, and co-founder of Ouvroir de littérature potentielle , notable for his wit and his cynical humour.
Feb 26 Orde Wingate most famous for his creation of the Chindits, airborne deep-penetration troops trained to work behind enemy lines in the Far East campaigns against the Japanese during World War II.
Feb 27 Joseph B. Soloveitchik an American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist and modern Jewish philosopher. He was a descendant of the Lithuanian Jewish Soloveitchik rabbinic dynasty
Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in Louis, Gigi, The Band Wagon, and An American in Paris. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many comedies and melodramas. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli

Top 7 most famous people died in February 1903

Feb 1 Sir George Stokes 1st Baronet a mathematician, physicist, politician and theologian. Born in Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at University of Cambridge, where he served as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. Stokes made seminal contributions to fluid dynamics , optics, and mathematical physics. He was secretary, then president, of the Royal Society
Feb 14 Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria Princess of Hungary and Bohemia.
Feb 19 Karl von Scherzer an Austrian explorer, diplomat and natural scientist.
Feb 22 Hugo Wolf an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs, or lieder. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music, somewhat related to that of the Second Viennese School in concision but diverging greatly in technique
Feb 26 Richard Jordan Gatling an American inventor best known for his invention of the Gatling gun, the first successful machine gun.
Feb 28 William Farrar Smith a Union general in the American Civil War, notable for attracting the extremes of glory and blame. He was praised for his gallantry in the Seven Days Battles and Antietam, but was demoted for insubordination after the disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg. As chief engineer of the Army of the Cumberland, he acquired legendary fame by restoring a supply-line that saved that army from starvation and surrender. Leading the first operation against Petersburg, Smith’s hesitation, possibly illness-related, cost the Union a prime opportunity for a quick end to the war, and he was relieved of command
Feb 28 Emily Warren Roebling married to Washington Roebling, a civil engineer who was Chief Engineer during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. She is best known for her contribution to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband developed caisson disease