Historical Events in February 1940

  • 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 Orch)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 5 Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • Feb 5 Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
  • Feb 7 British railways nationalized

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

Animator Walt Disney
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
  • Feb 10 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • Feb 10 Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
  • 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 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
  • 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

  • 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