February 1942 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms
  • Feb 2 LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • Feb 2 US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
  • Feb 3 1st Japanese air raid on Java
  • Feb 4 Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
  • Feb 8 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII)
  • Feb 8 Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" premieres in Los Angeles

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Feb 8 Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 9 Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US
  • Feb 9 Japanese troops land near Makassar, South Celebes
  • Feb 10 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
  • Feb 11 "Archie" comic book debuts
  • Feb 12 German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen escape from Brest to Germany in a dash up the English Channel

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Feb 13 Hitler's Operation Sealion (invasion of England) cancelled

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 14 Japanese parachutists land near oil center Palembang, Sumatra
  • Feb 14 Rotterdam's Maas tunnel opens
  • Feb 14 WWII: Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.
  • Feb 15 German U-boat shells Antillian oil refinery
  • Feb 15 Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra
  • Feb 15 WWII: British ruled Singapore surrenders to the Japanese
  • Feb 16 German submarines attack Aruba oil refinery
  • Feb 18 Japanese troop land on Bali
  • Feb 19 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • Feb 19 Bill Longson beats Managoff & Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ
  • Feb 19 FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • Feb 19 Japanese troops land on Timor
  • Feb 20 Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace
  • Feb 21 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
  • Feb 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht

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Feb 22 World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 23 Japanese submarine fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, Calif
  • Feb 24 Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
  • Feb 24 The "Battle of Los Angeles" takes place, lasting until the next day.
  • Feb 26 German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
  • Feb 26 Radio Orange calls for March 1 day of prayer in Dutch Indies
  • Feb 26 Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen"
  • Feb 27 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • Feb 27 Battle of Java Sea began: 13 US warships sunk-2 Japanese
  • Feb 27 J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
  • Feb 28 1st weapon drop on Netherlands
  • Feb 28 Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies
  • Feb 28 Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Muna Wassef, Wassef is a well known Syrian/Arab movie star and a United Nations Goodwill ambassador.
  • Feb 2 Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
  • Feb 5 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)
  • Feb 6 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • Feb 6 James Loewen, American sociologist and historian
  • Feb 7 Ton [ACHM] de Kok, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Feb 8 Terry Melcher, Rip Chords, Doris Day's son
  • Feb 10 Michael Bishop, CEO (British Midland Airways)
  • Feb 11 Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
  • Feb 12 Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Feb 12 Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
  • Feb 13 Donald E Williams, Lafayette Ind, Capt USN/astro (STS 51D, STS 34)
  • Feb 14 Margaret Wright, chief commissioner (Guide Association)

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Feb 16 Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) [disputed birthdate, 1941]

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • Feb 17 Huey Newton, Black Panther leader
  • Feb 19 Kenneth R Kramer, (Rep-R-CO, 1979- )
  • Feb 20 Claude Miller, director (Garde a Vue, Little Thief, Wild Child), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 20 David O'Dowd, Chief Constable (Northamptonshire)

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Feb 20 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • Feb 23 Beau Boulter, (Rep-R-TX, 1985- )
  • Feb 23 Colin Sanders, founder (Solid State Logic)
  • Feb 23 John Lewis, Head Master (Eton College)
  • Feb 24 David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
  • Feb 24 Joe Lieberman, (Sen-D Connecticut)
  • Feb 24 Stuart Henry, British disc jockey
  • Feb 26 Adriaan van Dis, author/TV-host (Nathan Sid, In Africa)
  • Feb 26 Joop van den Ende, director (Alsmeer Studio)
  • Feb 27 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Due West SC, news reporter (McNeil-Lehrer)
  • Feb 27 Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (b. 1905)
  • Feb 6 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist, dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (b. 1876)
  • Feb 8 Fritz Todt, German Reichs minister (Organization Todt), dies at 50
  • Feb 12 Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 49
  • Feb 13 Epit├ício Pessoa, Brazilian president (b. 1865)
  • Feb 14 Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • Feb 18 Albert Payson Terhune, American author (b. 1872)
  • Feb 19 Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Stefan Zweig, Austrian writer (Die Welt von Gestern), dies at 60
  • Feb 27 Karel WFM Doorman, Dutch rear-admiral (Java Sea), KIA at 52