February 1938 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time" premieres in NYC

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Feb 4 Adolf Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazis in key posts

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 5 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • Feb 5 3rd British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 10 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
  • Feb 12 Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
  • Feb 12 German troops entered Austria
  • Feb 12 The first 'Kindertransport' carrying Jewish refugee children from Nazi Germany arrives in Britain
  • Feb 12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 16 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
  • Feb 17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • Feb 19 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark

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Feb 20 UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • Feb 24 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
  • Feb 25 Lord Halifax becomes British Foreign Secretary
  • Feb 26 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
  • Feb 26 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 26 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

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Feb 27 Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 4 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • Feb 7 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader

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Feb 11 Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2017)

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Feb 12 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • Feb 15 Jack Tinker, British drama critic (d.1996)
  • Feb 15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • Feb 17 Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)
  • Feb 18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • Feb 20 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • Feb 21 Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • Feb 22 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red)
  • Feb 22 Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician (d. 1995)
  • Feb 24 Kathleen Richardson, president (Methodist Conference)
  • Feb 26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (d. 1957)
  • Feb 28 Martin Olav Sabo, (Rep-D-MN, 1979- )

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist painter, dies at 77

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Feb 7 Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Feb 9 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • Feb 16 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Edward Anseele, Belgian minister of Rail, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • Feb 21 George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies