Historical Events in February 1944

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

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

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

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29th 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