What Happened in February 1944

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Supreme Soviet increases Soviet republics' autonomy
  • Feb 1 US 7th Infantry/4th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur
  • Feb 2 4th US marine division conquers Roi, Marshall Islands
  • Feb 2 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • Feb 2 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • Feb 2 Edward Chodorov's "Decision" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 3 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • Feb 4 Jean Anouilh's "Antigone" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 4 US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein
  • Feb 5 358 RAF bombers attack Stettin

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Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Feb 7 Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio Italy
  • Feb 8 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin
  • Feb 8 U-762 sunk off Ireland
  • Feb 9 U-734/U-238 sunk off Ireland
  • Feb 10 Belgian resistance fighter and author Kamiel van Baelen arrested
  • Feb 10 U-666/U-545/U-283 sink off Ireland
  • Feb 11 German troops reconquer Aprilia, Italy
  • Feb 11 U-424 sunk off Ireland
  • Feb 12 Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race
  • Feb 14 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
  • Feb 14 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing
  • Feb 15 891 British bombers attack Berlin
  • Feb 15 Attack begins at Monte Cassino monastery, Italy
  • Feb 17 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; US victory on Feb 22
  • Feb 17 US begins night bombing of Truk
  • Feb 18 Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested
  • Feb 18 Youngest baseball player, Cincinnati Reds sign 15 year old Joe Nuxhall
  • Feb 19 823 British bombers attack Berlin
  • Feb 19 U-264 sinks off Ireland
  • Feb 20 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • Feb 20 US takes Eniwetok Island
  • Feb 20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
  • Feb 21 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)
  • Feb 22 US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die
  • Feb 23 Forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people to Central Asia.
  • Feb 24 Argentina coup by minister of war Juan Peron
  • Feb 25 US 1st Army completes invasion plan
  • Feb 26 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
  • Feb 28 Arrests of the ten-Boom family in Nazi occupied Netherlands (Haarlem) through a Dutch collaborator on charges of hiding Jews
  • Feb 29 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death
  • Feb 29 US troop land on Los Negros, Admirality Islands

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Feb 29 Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II, is run down and injured by a Nazi truck in Krakow

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Leo Burmester, actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 1 Tommy Duffy, rocker (Echos)
  • Feb 1 Mike Enzi, American politician, senator of Wyoming
  • Feb 1 Burkhard Ziese, German football manager
  • Feb 1 Paul Blair, Cushing, OK, MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 2 Andrew Davis, Ashbridge, England, conductor (New Phil Orch-London)
  • Feb 2 Katherine Crawford, actress (Gemini Man, Captains & Kings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 2 Ursula Oppens, American pianist/co-founder (Speculum Musicae-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • Feb 2 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • Feb 4 Daniel A Mica, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • Feb 4 Florence LaRue Gordon, Penn, rocker (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
  • Feb 5 Al Kooper, rock keyboards/vocalist (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die)
  • Feb 5 J R Cobb, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 6 Michael Tucker, Balt MD, actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law)
  • Feb 6 Christine Boutin, French politician
  • Feb 7 Berend baron van Voorst tot Voorst, Dutch foreign state sect (CDA)
  • Feb 7 Berry [AH] Esselink, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Feb 7 Michael A Andrews, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • Feb 8 Bunky Henry, American PGA golfer, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • Feb 8 Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian documentary photographer

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Feb 9 Alice Walker, US, novelist (Color Purple, Meridian)

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker
  • Feb 9 Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
  • Feb 10 Peter Allen, Australia, vocalist/pianist (I Go to Rio, Legs Diamond)
  • Feb 10 Frank Keating, American politician
  • Feb 10 Rufus Reid, American musician
  • Feb 11 Bert Greene, American PGA golfer, born in Gray, Georgia
  • Feb 11 Buddhadev Dasgupta, director (Charachar, Grihajuddha)
  • Feb 11 Michael G. Oxley, Politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • Feb 12 Desmond Nuttall, English educator
  • Feb 12 Jackie Torrence, story teller/artist
  • Feb 12 Moe Bandy, Meridian Ms, country vocalist (Just Good Ol' Boys)

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Feb 13 Jerry Springer, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • Feb 13 Sal Bando, baseball player (Oakland A's)
  • Feb 13 Stockard Channing, American actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (d. 1983)
  • Feb 13 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Alan Parker, English actor (Bugsy Malone, Evita)
  • Feb 14 Bruce Summerhays, PGA golfer (Provo Open-1966, 91 93), born in St Louis, Missouri

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Feb 14 Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate)

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
  • Feb 14 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • Feb 15 Aleksandr A Serebrov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17)
  • Feb 15 Mick Avory, rock drummer (Kinks-Lola)
  • Feb 15 Tineke Netelenbos, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Feb 16 Richard Ford, US author (Sportswriter)
  • Feb 16 António Mascarenhas Monteiro, 2nd President of Cape Verde
  • Feb 17 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
  • Feb 17 Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer
  • Feb 19 Jan Bart Klaster, mythologist (Slogan)
  • Feb 20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 20 Roger Knapman, British MP
  • Feb 20 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 20 Robert de Cotret, French Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • Feb 21 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • Feb 21 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 22 E J Peaker, actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 22 Jonathan Demme, Baldwin NY, actor/director (Caged Heat, Swing Shift)
  • Feb 22 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (1975 World Cup)
  • Feb 22 Tom Okker, tennis star
  • Feb 22 Robert Kardashian, American lawyer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Feb 23 James Cousins, British MP
  • Feb 23 Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 23 Mike Maxfield, rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Feb 23 Bernard Cornwell, English historical novelist
  • Feb 23 John Sandford, American novelist
  • Feb 24 Barry Bostwick, San Mateo Ca, actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce)
  • Feb 24 Nicky Hopkins, rock pianist (Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Quicksilver)
  • Feb 24 Sheila Larkin, American actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 25 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 25 Kristina Holland, American actress (Tina-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Feb 26 Marilyn Michaels, comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)
  • Feb 27 Alan Fudge, Wichita Ks, actor (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls)
  • Feb 27 Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
  • Feb 27 Roger Scruton, Buslingthorpe, British philosopher
  • Feb 28 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • Feb 28 Kelly Bishop, CO, actress (Unmarried Woman, Advice to Lovelorn)
  • Feb 28 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • Feb 29 David Briggs, record producer
  • Feb 29 Phyllis Frelich, Devil's Lake ND, actor (Love is Never Silent)
  • Feb 29 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • Feb 29 Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
  • Feb 29 Dennis Farina, actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Martin Lunssens, composer, dies at 72

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Feb 1 Piet Mondrian, abstract painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Feb 4 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • Feb 4 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
  • Feb 5 Robert E Park, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • Feb 7 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • Feb 8 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 10 Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer, a crater on Mars and the Antoniadi crater on the Moon were named in his honor (b. 1870)
  • Feb 11 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer D Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • Feb 16 Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
  • Feb 17 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • Feb 19 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • Feb 22 Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (b. 1869)
  • Feb 23 Leo Hendrick Baekeland, inventor (Bakelite), dies
  • Feb 24 Leo H A Baekeland, Belgian/US chemist (bakeliet), dies at 80
  • Feb 29 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)