What Happened in February 1940

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • Feb 1 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.

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Feb 2 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 5 Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander

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Feb 5 Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Feb 7 British railways nationalized

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 7 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 8 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 9 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

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Feb 10 "Tom & Jerry" cartoon created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera debut by MGM

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner

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Feb 13 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 14 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • Feb 16 British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • Feb 17 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
  • Feb 17 Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
  • Feb 20 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • Feb 22 Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • Feb 22 German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
  • Feb 23 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
  • Feb 23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
  • Feb 24 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
  • Feb 25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • Feb 26 US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
  • Feb 27 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • Feb 28 Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
  • Feb 28 US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
  • Feb 29 Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate

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Feb 29 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 29 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win

  • Feb 29 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2 Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, American sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 2 David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • Feb 2 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in London (d. 2000)
  • Feb 2 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65

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Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 3 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 George A. Romero, American-Canadian director (Night of the Living Dead), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 4 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 5 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 6 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Feb 7 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 8 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 8 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 9 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 9 J.M. Coetzee, South African novelist, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 19 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19 Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama
  • Feb 21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Feb 22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • Feb 22 Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 23 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 24 Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • Feb 24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 25 Jud Taylor, actor (Dr Gerson-Dr Kildare)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (d. 2010)
  • Feb 27 Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • Feb 27 Howard Hesseman, actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class), born in Salem, Oregon
  • Feb 27 Bill Hunter, Australian actor
  • Feb 28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

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Feb 28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Feb 29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 13 Actress Lana Turner marries bandleader Artie Shaw

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Philip Francis Nowlan, sci-fi writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 4 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 7 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 9 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • Feb 11 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 25 Mary Mills Patrick, American author and 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College, dies at 89
  • Feb 27 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • Feb 28 Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • Feb 29 Edward Frederic Benson, English novelist, dies at 72