What Happened in February 1941

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
  • Feb 1 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • Feb 3 US Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours
  • Feb 4 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • Feb 4 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
  • Feb 4 United Service Organization (USO) founded
  • Feb 5 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
  • Feb 6 Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
  • Feb 6 Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
  • Feb 6 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 8 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
  • Feb 9 British troops conquer El Agheila
  • Feb 9 Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
  • Feb 10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C.-Harrisonburg, VA
  • Feb 10 Anti-Nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands
  • Feb 11 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Feb 11 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
  • Feb 12 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms under Ascher/Cohen
  • Feb 12 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
  • Feb 13 Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
  • Feb 14 One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel
  • Feb 14 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
  • Feb 14 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • Feb 14 German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 15 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 17 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 19 Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
  • Feb 19 Nazi raid Amsterdam & round up 429 young Jews for deportation
  • Feb 20 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • Feb 20 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
  • Feb 20 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
  • Feb 21 Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general
  • Feb 22 Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
  • Feb 22 German assault on El Agheila Libya
  • Feb 22 IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Feb 22 Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam
  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Feb 22 Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man" premieres
  • Feb 23 Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
  • Feb 24 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
  • Feb 24 Anti-Nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
  • Feb 25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • Feb 25 February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
  • Feb 26 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
  • Feb 26 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
  • Feb 26 Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
  • Feb 26 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 27 13th Academy Awards: "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Feb 28 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
  • Feb 28 British-Italian dogfight above Albania

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Anatoliy Firssov, USSR, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 1 Franco Nones, Italy, 30K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Feb 1 Robert Walmsley, British Vice-Admiral
  • Feb 1 Karl Dall, German television host
  • Feb 1 Jerry Spinelli, children's author
  • Feb 2 Serge Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, composer
  • Feb 3 Angelo D'Aleo, tenor (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 3 Bridget Hanley, Minneapolis Mn, actress (Here Come the Brides)
  • Feb 3 Carol Mann, golfer (LPGA Hall of Fame 1977, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 3 Chuck Tharp, rock vocalist (Fireballs)
  • Feb 3 Gary Bartlett, cricket pace bowler (NZ in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
  • Feb 3 Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
  • Feb 4 John Steel, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • Feb 5 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 5 David Selby, Morganstown WV, actor (Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road)
  • Feb 5 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • Feb 5 Stephen J Cannell, producer (Rockford Files)
  • Feb 5 Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • Feb 6 Gigi Perreau, actress (Journey to Center of Time), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 6 Stephen Albert, composer
  • Feb 7 Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • Feb 8 Nick Nolte, American actor (The Thin Red Line, 48 Hrs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 8 Tom Rush, NH, rock guitarist/vocalist (Circle Game, Urge For Going)
  • Feb 9 Sheila James Kuehl, politician/actress (Zelda-Dobie Gillis)
  • Feb 10 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)
  • Feb 10 Michael Apted, director/researcher (Granada TV)
  • Feb 11 Glenn Randall Jr, stuntman (Species, Mrs Soffel, Return of the Jedi)
  • Feb 11 Jeremy Mackenzie, general
  • Feb 11 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • Feb 12 Naomi Uemura, mountain climber (1st Japanese to scale Everest)
  • Feb 12 Ross Morgan, cricketer (NZ batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
  • Feb 13 Bo Svenson, Goteborg Sweden, actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall)
  • Feb 13 Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee
  • Feb 13 Sigmar Polke, German painter
  • Feb 14 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass)
  • Feb 14 Donna Shalala, American educator
  • Feb 15 Brian Holland, US pianist/producer (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
  • Feb 15 Dan Crompton, Nottinghamshire, Chief Constable
  • Feb 15 Florinda Bolkan, Ceara Brazil, actress (Damned, Last Valley, Word)
  • Feb 16 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • Feb 17 Gene Pitney, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 17 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Feb 18 David Blue, [Cohen], Providence RI, rocker (Cupid's Arrow)
  • Feb 18 Herb Santiago, vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall)
  • Feb 18 Irma Thomas, [Lee], US vocalist (It's Raining)
  • Feb 19 Carlos Roque Alsina, composer
  • Feb 19 Stephen Dobyns, US author/poet (Cold Dog Soup)
  • Feb 20 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • Feb 21 Charlie Shelburne, English earl/large landowner
  • Feb 22 Hipólito Mejía, Dominican politician
  • Feb 23 Frank Gerstenberg, Edinburgh, principal (George Watson's College)
  • Feb 23 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • Feb 23 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • Feb 24 Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • Feb 25 David Puttnam, film producer/CEO (Columbia Pictures), born in London, England
  • Feb 25 Ramon Pagayon Santos, composer
  • Feb 25 Stewart Sutherland, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Edinburgh University)
  • Feb 25 Susan Browning, Baldwin NY, actress (Pat-Mary Hartman)
  • Feb 26 Keith Thomson, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968)
  • Feb 26 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
  • Feb 27 Ian McGarry, general secretary (British Actors' Equity Association)
  • Feb 27 Paddy Ashton, New Delhi India, British MP (Soc/Lib Democrat)
  • Feb 27 Andrew "Sandy" Wilson, Royal Air Force officer (1962–1995)
  • Feb 28 Alice May Brock, American author
  • Feb 28 Marty Sanders, American musician (Jay and the Americans)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 4 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

Actress Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 22 CIA Director William Casey (27) weds Sophia Kurz

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Johannes Schlaf, writer, dies at 78
  • Feb 4 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • Feb 6 Maximilien Luce, French painter, dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Hilferding, Germ economist/Min of Finance (SPD), suicide at 63
  • Feb 19 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • Feb 19 Hamilton Hamilton Harty, composer/conductor, dies at 61
  • Feb 20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1891)

  • Feb 24 Oskar Loerke, German director (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
  • Feb 26 Jan Keizer, Zaanse February striker, shot to death
  • Feb 27 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
  • Feb 28 King Alfonso XIII of Spain (b. 1886)