On This Day

What Happened in February 1938

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 4 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 Adolf Hitler seizes control of German army and puts Nazis in key posts

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Feb 5 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • Feb 5 3rd British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 10 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
  • Feb 11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Feb 11 World's first science fiction TV programme - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
  • Feb 12 Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg visits Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden
  • Feb 12 German troops entered Austria
  • Feb 12 The first 'Kindertransport' carrying Jewish refugee children from Nazi Germany arrives in Britain
  • Feb 12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 16 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 16 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

  • Feb 17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • Feb 19 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 23 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 24 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
  • Feb 25 Lord Halifax becomes British Foreign Secretary
  • Feb 26 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
  • Feb 26 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • Feb 26 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 26 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Britain and France recognize Francisco Franco's government in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Jacky Cupit, American golfer (PGA Tour Rookie of Year 1961; 4 titles), born in Longview Texas
  • Feb 1 Jimmy Carl Black, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • Feb 1 Sherman Hemsley, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Feb 1 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Racing Hall of Fame), born in Panama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 2 Bo Hopkins, actor (Dynasty, Midnight Express), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 3 Victor Buono, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables), born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 3 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (d. 2013)
  • Feb 3 Randolfe "Randy" Wicker [Charles Gervin Hayden Jr.], American author, LGBT and pro-cloning activist and blogger, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 4 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • Feb 4 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • Feb 5 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • Feb 6 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer & educator (Menil Antiphons), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Juan Pizarro, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Robert Frank Baksa, composer
  • Feb 7 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • Feb 8 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • Feb 11 Bevan Congdon, cricketer (NZ batsman of 60s & 70s)
  • Feb 11 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 11 Willy Correa de Oliveira, composer
  • Feb 11 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 11 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • Feb 11 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • Feb 12 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • Feb 13 Oliver Reed, English actor (Big Sleep), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • Feb 14 Lee Chamberlin, American actor (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Jack Tinker, British drama critic (d.1996)
  • Feb 15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • Feb 16 Barry Primus, American actor (Sgt McKenna-Cagney & Lacey, Boxcar Bertha), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 16 John Corigliano, American composer (Fern Hill, Ghosts of Versailles), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)
  • Feb 18 Barry Knight, cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
  • Feb 18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • Feb 18 Manny Mota, Dominican baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 18 István Szabó, Hungarian film director
  • Feb 20 Jack Bicknell, American football coach (Boston College, Barcelona Dragons), born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Feb 20 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • Feb 21 Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • Feb 22 Bobby Hendricks, American R&B singer (Itchy Twitchy Feeling), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Feb 22 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red), born in Chattanooga, Tennesse
  • Feb 22 Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1995)
  • Feb 23 Diane Varsi, San Mateo California, actress (Peyton Place)
  • Feb 23 Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 24 James Farentino, actor (The Final Countdown), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Feb 24 Kathleen Richardson, president (Methodist Conference)
  • Feb 24 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • Feb 25 Diane Baker, actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 25 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • Feb 25 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 25 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • Feb 25 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • Feb 26 Jack Knight, Somerville Miss, actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15)
  • Feb 26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter, born in Tsada, Cyprus (d. 1957)
  • Feb 27 Pascale Petit, French actress (Code Name: Jaguar, End of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 28 Martin Olav Sabo, (Rep-D-MN, 1979- )

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist painter, dies at 77

Person of interestHarvey Firestone

Feb 7 Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Feb 9 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • Feb 16 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Alida Tartaud-Klein, Dutch actress and nomination artist (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Edward Anseele, Belgian socialist politician, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • Feb 19 Leopoldo Lugones, Argentine poet (Las montañas del oro), dies at 63
  • Feb 21 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • Feb 21 George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (discovery of magnetic fields in sunspot), dies at 69