On This Day

What Happened on February 28, 1933

Historical Events

  • 1st female in US Cabinet: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

Famous PhotoReichstag Fire

After the Reichstag Fire Decree, the German Communist Party (KPD) is essentially outlawed (though not formally banned) after the German government blames the Communists for burning down the Reichstag building

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The Reichstag building in Berlin, housing the German Parliament, on fire during the night of February 27, 1933.
The Reichstag building in Berlin, housing the German Parliament, on fire during the night of February 27, 1933.
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

On Adolf Hitler's advice, German President Paul von Hindenburg signs the Reichstag Fire Decree after the building is destroyed by fire in Berlin; this eliminates many civil liberties in Germany

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
  • Pacifist and anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky arrested, sent to Esterwegen-Papenburg concentration camp

Famous Birthdays

  • Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • Miro Ster┼żaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
  • Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician
  • Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
1933 Highlights

About February 28, 1933

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 87 years, 8 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces