Historical Events in February 1944

  • 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 conquerors 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