On This Day

What Happened on February 8, 1942

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII)

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Nazi architect Albert Speer appointed Minister of Armaments by Adolf Hitler after death of Fritz Todt in a plane crash

Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer
Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production
Albert Speer
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" premieres in Los Angeles

Famous Birthdays

  • Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Robert Klein, comedian and actor (Hooper, Deadly Rivals), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Terry Melcher [Terrence Jorden], American record producer and musician, Doris Day's son (the Rip Chords, The Byrds), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Fritz Todt, German Reichs minister (Organization Todt), dies in a plane crash at 50