Historical Events in February 1938

  • Feb 3 Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time" premieres in NYC

Music History

Feb 4 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 5 Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
  • Feb 5 III British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 10 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga

Sports History

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 program - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel ńĆapek
  • Feb 12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 12 Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg visits Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden

Film Release

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

  • Feb 16 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
  • Feb 17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • Feb 19 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
  • Feb 20 Adolf Hitler announces his support for Japan during the Sino-Japanese War

Historic Event

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

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 23 Joe Louis retains his world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Nathan Mann in round 3 at Madison Square Garden, New York; second defence by 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