What Happened in February 1933

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
  • Feb 1 Dutch bishops forbid membership of non-catholic unions
  • Feb 1 German Parliament disolves, General Ludendorf predicts catastrophe

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Feb 2 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves the Reichstag (Parliament)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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Feb 2 Hermann Goering bans Communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Feb 2 Ucicky's "Rotten Morning" premieres in Berlin
  • Feb 3 1st interstate legislative conference in US opens, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 3 German Minister Hermann Goering bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwarts
  • Feb 3 Marinus van der Lubbe departs to Berlin
  • Feb 4 -Feb 10] Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts

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Feb 4 German President Paul von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • Feb 5 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch German boundary
  • Feb 6 -90°F (-68°C), Oymyakon, USSR (Asian record)
  • Feb 6 Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 m, in North Pacific hurricane by USS Ramapo
  • Feb 6 German President Paul von Hindenburg and Franz von Papen end the Prussian parliament
  • Feb 7 Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators
  • Feb 7 Social-Dem meeting in Berlin "As thousands cheer" Marxism is dead
  • Feb 8 -23°F (-31°C), Seminole, Texas (state record)
  • Feb 8 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247
  • Feb 9 -63°F (-53°C), Moran, Wyoming (state record)
  • Feb 10 -54°F (-48°C), Seneca, Oregon (state record)
  • Feb 10 Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)
  • Feb 10 Dutch seaplane bombs Dutch ship
  • Feb 10 Hitler proclaims end of Marxism
  • Feb 10 Mutiny on "7 Provinces" ends (began Feb 4th), 23 killed
  • Feb 12 German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis
  • Feb 15 Karl Radek praises invincible force of German communist party

MurderAssassination Attempt

Feb 15 President-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 15 Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwarts" banned again in Berlin
  • Feb 16 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against nazis and communists
  • Feb 16 England regains the Ashes, thanks to "bodyline" tactics
  • Feb 17 First issue of American news magazine "Newsweek" is published
  • Feb 17 Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam
  • Feb 17 US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • Feb 19 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
  • Feb 20 Curom, Curacaose Broadcast System starts: Princess Juliana's speech
  • Feb 20 US House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • Feb 20 Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 24 Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin
  • Feb 24 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
  • Feb 25 1st genuine US aircraft carrier named, USS Ranger
  • Feb 25 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • Feb 25 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
  • Feb 26 Golden Gate Bridge groundbreaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • Feb 26 Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell
  • Feb 27 The Reichstag, German parliament building, destroyed by fire; it was set by the Nazis, who blamed it on Communists
  • Feb 27 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 28 1st female in US Cabinet: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor
  • Feb 28 German President Paul von Hindenburg abolishes free expression of opinion
  • Feb 28 Adolf Hitler bans German Communist Party (KPD)
  • Feb 28 Pacifist and anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky arrested, sent to Esterwegen-Papenburg concentration camp

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Reynolds Price, American writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)
  • Feb 2 Than Shwe, ruler of Myanmar
  • Feb 2 Tony Jay, English actor (d. 2006)
  • Feb 3 Paul S Sarbanes, (Sen-D-MD, 1977- )
  • Feb 5 Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
  • Feb 5 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Feb 6 Leslie Crowther, English TV-comic/quizmaster
  • Feb 6 Walter E Fauntroy, (Rep-D-DC, 1971- )
  • Feb 7 John Anderton, English footballer
  • Feb 8 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • Feb 9 Countess of Airlie [Virginia Ogilvy], Newport, New Jersey, American-born Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9 Jo Ann Prentice, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 9 Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel
  • Feb 12 Costa-Gavras, director
  • Feb 12 Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut
  • Feb 12 Juanita [Ruth] Coulson, sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)
  • Feb 13 Caroline Blakiston, actress (At Bertram's Hotel)
  • Feb 13 Emanuel Ungaro, French fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • Feb 13 Kim Novak, [Marilyn], American actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 13 Paul Biya, president of Cameroon (1982- )
  • Feb 14 Andrey Mikhaylovich Volkonsky, composer
  • Feb 14 Bertram Jay Turetzky, composer
  • Feb 14 Evelyn Ebsworth, Vice-Chancellor (Durham U)
  • Feb 14 Madhubala, Indian actress (d. 1969)
  • Feb 15 Adolfo, Cardones Cuba, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)
  • Feb 17 Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin' & Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 17 Craig Thomas, (Rep-R-Wyoming)
  • Feb 18 Bobby Robson, British soccer coach (PSV)
  • Feb 18 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • Feb 18 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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Feb 18 Yoko Ono Lennon, [Mrs John Lennon], singer and artist, born in Tokyo, Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Feb 20 Hannes Postma, Dutch graphic artist

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Feb 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Feb 22 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, England, Duchess of Kent
  • Feb 22 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Bobby Smith, English footballer
  • Feb 22 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL /high speed internet technology), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 23 Donna J. Stone, American poet (Wielder of Words), born in Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Feb 23 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Feb 24 Judah Folkman, American cancer researcher
  • Feb 26 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 26 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 27 6th marquess of Bute, Scottish large landowner/bibliophile
  • Feb 27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Feb 27 Geoffrey Maitland Smith, CEO (Sears)
  • Feb 27 Malcolm Wallop, (Sen-R-WY, 1977- )
  • Feb 27 Raymond Berry, Texas, NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts)
  • Feb 28 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • Feb 28 Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
  • Feb 28 Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Archibald Sayce, English educator (b. 1846)
  • Feb 7 Albert Gyorgy Earl Apponyi, Hung minister of Education, dies at 86
  • Feb 12 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 15 Anton J Cermak, (Mayor-D-Chicago), assassinated in Miami
  • Feb 16 Archie Jackson, Austrian cricketer, dies at 23
  • Feb 17 Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 James Corbett, (Gentleman Jim), heavyweight box champ (1892-97), dies
  • Feb 19 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Spottiswoode Aitken, Scottish actor (The Birth of a Nation, The Avenging Conscience), dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Antonio Nicolau, Spanish composer/conductor, dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)