On This Day

What Happened in February 1933

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
  • Feb 1 Dutch bishops forbid membership of non-catholic unions

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Feb 1 German Parliament is dissolved by President Paul von Hindenburg by the request of new chancellor Adolf Hitler

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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Feb 2 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves the German Reichstag (Parliament)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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Feb 2 Hermann Goering bans Communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Feb 2 Ucicky's "Rotten Morning" premieres in Berlin
  • Feb 3 1st interstate legislative conference in US opens, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 3 German Minister Hermann Goering bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwarts
  • Feb 3 Marinus van der Lubbe departs to Berlin
  • Feb 4 German President Paul von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press
  • Feb 5 Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts
  • Feb 5 Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch German boundary
  • Feb 6 -90°F (-68°C), Oymyakon, USSR (Asian record)
  • Feb 6 Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 m, in North Pacific hurricane by USS Ramapo
  • Feb 6 German President Paul von Hindenburg and Franz von Papen end the Prussian parliament
  • Feb 7 Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators

  • Feb 7 Social-Dem meeting in Berlin "As thousands cheer" Marxism is dead
  • Feb 8 -23°F (-31°C), Seminole, Texas (state record)
  • Feb 8 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247
  • Feb 9 -63°F (-53°C), Moran, Wyoming (state record)
  • Feb 10 -54°F (-48°C), Seneca, Oregon (state record)
  • Feb 10 Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)
  • Feb 10 Dutch seaplane bombs Dutch ship
  • Feb 10 Adolf Hitler proclaims end of Marxism
  • Feb 10 Mutiny on "7 Provinces" ends (began Feb 4th), 23 killed
  • Feb 12 German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis
  • Feb 15 Karl Radek praises invincible force of German communist party

MurderAssassination Attempt

Feb 15 President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt survives assassination attempt but Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak is mortally wounded, he would die on March 29

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 15 Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwarts" banned again in Berlin
  • Feb 16 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against Nazis and communists
  • Feb 16 England regains the Ashes, thanks to "bodyline" tactics
  • Feb 17 First issue of American news magazine "Newsweek" is published
  • Feb 17 Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam
  • Feb 17 US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • Feb 19 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
  • Feb 20 Curom, Curacaose Broadcast System starts: Princess Juliana's speech

  • Feb 20 US House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • Feb 20 Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 22 Sir Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 272.46 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Feb 24 Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin
  • Feb 24 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
  • Feb 25 1st genuine US aircraft carrier named, USS Ranger
  • Feb 25 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • Feb 25 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
  • Feb 26 Golden Gate Bridge groundbreaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • Feb 26 Marinus van der Lubbe kept overnight in a police cell
  • Feb 27 The Reichstag, German parliament building, destroyed by fire; set by the Nazis, who blame it on Communists
  • Feb 27 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 28 1st female in US Cabinet: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor
  • Feb 28 German President Paul von Hindenburg abolishes free expression of opinion
  • Feb 28 Adolf Hitler bans German Communist Party (KPD)
  • Feb 28 Pacifist and anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky arrested, sent to Esterwegen-Papenburg concentration camp

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Reynolds Price, American writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)
  • Feb 2 Than Shwe, ruler of Myanmar
  • Feb 2 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (Frollo- The Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 3 Paul S Sarbanes, (Sen-D-MD, 1977- )
  • Feb 5 Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
  • Feb 5 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Feb 6 Leslie Crowther, English comedian & television presenter, born in West Bridgford, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Feb 6 Walter E Fauntroy, American pastor & politician (Rep-D-DC, 1971- ), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 7 John Anderton, English footballer
  • Feb 8 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • Feb 9 Countess of Airlie [Virginia Ogilvy], Newport, New Jersey, American-born Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9 Jo Ann Prentice, American golfer (6 LPGA titles, US Open runner-up 1962), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 9 Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 11 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 12 Costa-Gavras, director
  • Feb 12 Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 12 Juanita [Ruth] Coulson, sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)
  • Feb 13 Caroline Blakiston, actress (At Bertram's Hotel)
  • Feb 13 Emanuel Ungaro, French fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • Feb 13 Kim Novak, [Marilyn], American actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 13 Paul Biya, Cameroon politician, President of Cameroon (1982- ), born in Mvomeka'a, Cameroon
  • Feb 14 Andrey Mikhaylovich Volkonsky, Russian composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2008)
  • Feb 14 Bertram Jay Turetzky, US contrabassist, composer and educator, born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • Feb 14 Evelyn Ebsworth, Vice-Chancellor (Durham U), born in Richmond, United Kingdom (d. 2015)
  • Feb 14 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", born in Delhi, India (d. 1969)
  • Feb 14 Richard "Dick" Yarmy, American actor (Get Smart, Arnie, Bone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 15 Adolfo, Cardones Cuba, fashion designer (Nancy Reagan)
  • Feb 17 Bobby Lewis, singer (Tossin' & Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 17 Craig Thomas, American politician (Rep-R-Wyoming)
  • Feb 18 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), born in Sacriston, County Durham (d. 2009)
  • Feb 18 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • Feb 18 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestYoko Ono

Feb 18 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs John Lennon], Japanese singer and artist, born in Tokyo, Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Feb 20 Hannes Postma, Dutch graphic artist

Person of interestNina Simone

Feb 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Feb 22 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, Duchess of Kent, born in Hovingham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 22 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Bobby Smith, English soccer centre forward (15 caps; Tottenham Hotspur 271 games, 176 goals), born in Lingdale, England
  • Feb 22 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL /high speed internet technology), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 23 Donna J. Stone, American poet (Wielder of Words), born in Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Feb 23 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Feb 24 Judah Folkman, American cancer researcher
  • Feb 26 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Feb 26 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 27 6th marquess of Bute, Scottish large landowner/bibliophile
  • Feb 27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Feb 27 Geoffrey Maitland Smith, CEO (Sears)
  • Feb 27 Malcolm Wallop, American politician (Sen-R-WY, 1977–1995), born in New York City (d. 2011)
  • Feb 27 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Feb 28 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • Feb 28 Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
  • Feb 28 Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician
  • Feb 28 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Archibald Sayce, English educator (b. 1846)
  • Feb 7 Albert Apponyi, Hungarian politician (Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary), dies at 86
  • Feb 12 Henri Duparc, French composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 16 Archie Jackson, Austrian cricketer, dies at 23
  • Feb 17 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Spottiswoode Aitken, Scottish actor (The Birth of a Nation, The Avenging Conscience), dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)