February 1931 in history

February 1931 events chronologically

Feb 3 The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258
Feb 13 New Delhi becomes the capital of India
Feb 20 The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California

Top 7 most famous people born in February 1931

Feb 1 Boris Yeltsin a Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999.
Feb 4 Isabel Martínez de Perón a former President of Argentina. She was the third wife of the former President, Juan Perón. During her husband's third term as president from 1973 to 1974, Isabel served as both vice president and First Lady. Following her husband's death in office in 1974, Isabel served as president of Argentina from 1 July 1974 to 24 March 1976. This made her the first female president of any country in the world
Feb 6 Fred Trueman an English cricketer, mainly active from 1948 to 1968, who played for Yorkshire and England. He had professional status and later became an author and broadcaster. He was born in Stainton, West Riding of Yorkshire, and died in Steeton with Eastburn, West Yorkshire. He appeared in 603 first-class matches as a righthanded batsman who bowled right arm fast. He scored 9,231 runs with a highest score of 104 and held 439 catches. He took 2,304 wickets with a best analysis of eight for 28. In 67 Test appearances, he scored 981 runs with a highest score of 39* and held 64 catches. He took a then world record 307 Test wickets with a best analysis of eight for 31
Feb 8 James Dean an American actor. He is a cultural icon of the United States and a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause , in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant. Dean's enduring fame and popularity rest on his performances in only these three films, in two of which he is in the leading role
Feb 9 Thomas Bernhard an Austrian novelist, playwright and poet. Bernhard, whose body of work has been called "the most significant literary achievement since World War II," is widely considered to be one of the most important German-speaking authors of the postwar era
Feb 18 Toni Morrison an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She was also commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. She won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved and the Nobel Prize in 1993. On 29 May 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Feb 26 Robert Novak an American syndicated columnist, journalist, television personality, author, and conservative political commentator. After working for two newspapers before serving for the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he became a reporter for the Associated Press and then for The Wall Street Journal. He teamed up with Rowland Evans in 1963 to start Inside Report, which became the longest running syndicated political column in U.S. history and ran in hundreds of papers. They also started the Evans-Novak Political Report, a notable biweekly newsletter, in 1967

Top 7 most famous people died in February 1931

Feb 6 Motilal Nehru an Indian lawyer, an activist of the Indian National Movement and an important leader of the Indian National Congress, who also served as the Congress President twice, 1919–1920 and 1928–1929. He was the founder patriarch of India's most powerful political family, the Nehru-Gandhi family
Feb 7 Tommaso Tittoni an Italian diplomat, politician and Knight of the Annunziata.
Feb 11 Charles Algernon Parsons a British engineer, best known for his invention of the steam turbine. He worked as an engineer on dynamo and turbine design, and power generation, with great influence on the naval and electrical engineering fields. He also developed optical equipment, for searchlights and telescopes
Feb 16 Wilhelm von Gloeden a German photographer who worked mainly in Italy. He is mostly known for his pastoral nude studies of Sicilian boys, which usually featured props such as wreaths or amphoras suggesting a setting in the Greece or Italy of antiquity. From a modern standpoint, his work is commendable due to his controlled use of lighting as well as the often elegant poses of his models. His innovations include the use of photographic filters and special body makeup to disguise skin blemishes
Feb 18 Milan Šufflay a Croatian historian and politician. He was one of the founders of albanology and the author of the first Croatian science fiction novel. As a Croatian nationalist, he was persecuted in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and his murder subsequently caused an internationally publicized affair
Feb 23 Nellie Melba an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the early 20th century. She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She took the pseudonym "Melba" from Melbourne, Victoria, her home town
Feb 26 Otto Wallach a German chemist and recipient of the 1910 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on alicyclic compounds.