February 1943 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier
  • Feb 1 Mussert forms pro-Nazi shadow cabinet in Netherlands
  • Feb 2 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad, turning point in Europe during WW II
  • Feb 3 4 chaplains drown after giving up their life jackets to others
  • Feb 4 Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Person of Szechwan" premieres in Zurich
  • Feb 5 Amsterdam resistance group CS-6 shoots nazi general Seyffardt
  • Feb 5 Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission
  • Feb 6 1st Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down
  • Feb 7 Shoe rationing begins in US (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)
  • Feb 8 Red Army recaptures Kursk

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Feb 9 FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 9 German riots at "plutocratenzoontjes", 1,200 in Vught Camp
  • Feb 9 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
  • Feb 9 Nazis arrest Dutch sons of rich parents
  • Feb 10 "Manifesto of Algerian People" calls for equality & self-determination
  • Feb 10 British 8th Army sweeps through North Africa to Tunisia
  • Feb 10 Van der Veen Resistance starts fire in Amsterdam employment bureau

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Feb 11 US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe; British General Montgomery not best pleased.

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 11 Transport #47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • Feb 12 General Eisenhower departs Algiers for Tebessa
  • Feb 13 German assault on Sidi Bou Zid Tunisia, Gen Eisenhower visits front
  • Feb 13 Women's Marine Corps created
  • Feb 14 German offensive through de Faid-pass Tunisia
  • Feb 14 Soviets recapture Rostov
  • Feb 14 World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
  • Feb 15 Women's camp Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) hit by allied air raid
  • Feb 16 -32°F (-36°C), Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)

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Feb 16 British premier Winston Churchill contracts pneumonia

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Feb 16 Withdrawing Afrika Korps reaches Mareth-line in North Africa
  • Feb 16 Sign on Munich facade: "Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!" done by "White Rose" student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
  • Feb 16 World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.

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Feb 17 Adolf Hitler visits field marshal Erich von Manstein's headquarters in Zaporozje, Ukraine and stays until the 19th

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 17 Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
  • Feb 17 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 18 1st edition of Dutch resistance newspaper "Trouw"
  • Feb 18 Munich resistance group "White Rose" captured by Nazis
  • Feb 19 German tanks under brig gen Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass Tunesia
  • Feb 20 Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia
  • Feb 20 New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn field (Mexico)
  • Feb 20 Phil Wrigley & B Rickey charter All-American Girls Softball League
  • Feb 20 American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
  • Feb 21 Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
  • Feb 21 German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia
  • Feb 22 Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany.
  • Feb 23 Gen-Maj Bradley arrives in Dakar & Marrakesh
  • Feb 23 German troops pull back through Kasserine-pass Tunisia
  • Feb 24 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Algiers
  • Feb 24 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II
  • Feb 25 Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
  • Feb 26 German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
  • Feb 27 The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montana, explodes, killing 74 men.
  • Feb 27 The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin
  • Feb 28 63 U Boats (359,300 ton) sinks this month

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer
  • Feb 4 Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese president of the regional government of Madeira
  • Feb 4 Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
  • Feb 5 Nolan Bushnell, founder (Atari)/creator (Pong)
  • Feb 8 Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and VC of Karachi University

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Feb 9 Joseph E. Stiglitz, American economist, Nobel laureate

  • Feb 11 Iain Cameron, British brigadier
  • Feb 13 Friedrich Christian Delius, German writer, born in Rome
  • Feb 13 Leo Frankowski, US, sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord)
  • Feb 16 J D Moore, headmaster (St Dunstan's College)
  • Feb 16 James Beaton, British GC
  • Feb 18 Graeme Garden, Scottish writer
  • Feb 19 Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
  • Feb 19 Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • Feb 20 Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
  • Feb 20 Lord McNally, British Minister of State for Justice
  • Feb 21 Roberto Faenza, director (Cop Killers, Corrupt)
  • Feb 22 David E Skaggs, (Rep-D-Colorado)
  • Feb 22 Horst Köhler, President of Germany
  • Feb 24 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer
  • Feb 24 Terry Semel, American business executive

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Feb 25 Sally Jessy Raphael, Easton, Pennsylvania, American TV talk show host (Sally)

TV Talk Show Host Sally Jessy Raphael
TV Talk Show Host
Sally Jessy Raphael
  • Feb 26 Bob van Reeth, Flemish architect
  • Feb 26 Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
  • Feb 28 Hans Dijkstal, Dutch minister of the Interior (VVD, 1994-98)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Walmart founder Sam Walton (24) weds Helen Robson (23)

Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • Feb 18 Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (Chilean gen/dictator) marries Lucia Hiriart

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Alexander Goode, rabbi who surrended his life jacket, drowns
  • Feb 5 Wim Gertenbach, Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
  • Feb 6 HA Seyffardt, Dutch lt-gen/NSB "minister", dies at 71
  • Feb 9 ... Reydons, wife of General Reydons, shot to death by resistance
  • Feb 10 Wa'er, shot dead by Defiance
  • Feb 13 William Walraven, journalist/writer (Neglected Grouser), dies at 55
  • Feb 14 David Hilbert, German mathematician (Hilbert Space), dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Frieda Reiss, French 11 month old baby, murdered in Auschwitz
  • Feb 17 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
  • Feb 18 Henri Polak, Dutch union leader/politician (soc-dem), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Christoph Probst, German resistance fighter (That Weisse Rose), dies
  • Feb 22 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (White Rose), beheaded at 24
  • Feb 22 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), beheaded by guillotine at 21
  • Feb 26 Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • Feb 27 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)