February 1940 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • Feb 5 Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • Feb 7 British railways nationalized
  • Feb 8 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 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 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
  • Feb 29 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 5 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 27 Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 4 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 9 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • Feb 11 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 27 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • Feb 28 Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • Feb 29 Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies