What Happened in February 1938

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 4 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

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Feb 4 Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazis in key posts

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 4 Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is officially released
  • Feb 5 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • Feb 5 3rd British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 10 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
  • Feb 11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Feb 12 Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
  • Feb 12 German troops entered Austria
  • Feb 12 The first 'Kindertransport' carrying Jewish refugee children from Nazi Germany arrives in Britain.
  • Feb 12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 16 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
  • Feb 17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • Feb 19 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark

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Feb 20 UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns, says PM Chamberlain appeased Germany

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

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Feb 23 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 24 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
  • Feb 25 Lord Halifax becomes British Foreign Secretary
  • Feb 26 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
  • Feb 26 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • Feb 26 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 26 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

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Feb 27 Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jacky Cupit, golfer (Rookie of Year 1961)
  • Feb 1 Jimmy Carl Black, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • Feb 1 Sherman Hemsley, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Feb 2 Bo Hopkins, actor (Dynasty, Midnight Express), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 3 Victor Buono, SD California, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables)
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Feb 3 Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • Feb 5 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • Feb 6 Ellsworth Milburn, composer
  • Feb 7 Juan Pizarro, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Robert Frank Baksa, composer
  • Feb 7 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • Feb 8 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Feb 11 Bevan Congdon, cricketer (NZ batsman of 60s & 70s)
  • Feb 11 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)

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Feb 11 Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian general/dictator (-1990)

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 11 Willy Correa de Oliveira, composer
  • Feb 11 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 11 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, singer-songwriter (Monster Mash)
  • Feb 11 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • Feb 12 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • Feb 13 Oliver Reed, actor (Big Sleep), born in London, England
  • Feb 14 Lee Chamberlin, actor (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Jack Tinker, drama critic
  • Feb 15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • Feb 16 Barry Primus, actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 16 John Corigliano, composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)
  • Feb 18 Barry Knight, cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
  • Feb 18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • Feb 18 Manny Mota, baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Feb 18 István Szabó, Hungarian film director
  • Feb 19 Penny Zavichas, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 20 Jack Bicknell, WLAF head coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Feb 20 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • Feb 21 Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • Feb 22 Bobby Hendricks, US soul vocalist (Itchy Twitchy Feeling)
  • Feb 22 Ishmael Reed, US, author (Last Days of Louisiana Red)
  • Feb 22 Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician (d. 1995)
  • Feb 23 Diane Varsi, San Mateo California, actress (Peyton Place)
  • Feb 23 Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 24 James Farentino, actor (The Final Countdown), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Feb 24 Kathleen Richardson, president (Methodist Conference)
  • Feb 24 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • Feb 25 Diane Baker, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 25 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • Feb 25 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Feb 25 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic Gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • Feb 26 Jack Knight, Somerville Miss, actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15)
  • Feb 26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (d. 1957)
  • Feb 27 Pascale Petit, French actress (Code Name: Jaguar, End of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 28 Martin Olav Sabo, (Rep-D-MN, 1979- )

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Marianne V von Werefkin, Russ/German/Swiss house painter, dies at 77

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Feb 7 Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Feb 9 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • Feb 16 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Alida JM Tartaud-Little, actress (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Edward Anseele, Belgian minister of Rail, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • Feb 21 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • Feb 21 George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies