On This Day

Historical Events in February 1941

  • Feb 2 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • Feb 3 US Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours
  • Feb 4 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • Feb 4 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
  • Feb 4 United Service Organization (USO) founded
  • Feb 5 Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
  • Feb 6 Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
  • Feb 6 Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
  • Feb 6 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya

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Feb 7 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • Feb 8 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
  • Feb 9 British troops conquer El Agheila
  • Feb 9 Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish cafĂ© Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
  • Feb 10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C. to Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Feb 10 Anti-Nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands

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Feb 11 Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

  • Feb 11 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
  • Feb 12 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms under Ascher and Cohen
  • Feb 12 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
  • Feb 13 Nazi leaders attack Dutch Jewish Council
  • Feb 14 One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel
  • Feb 14 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
  • Feb 14 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • Feb 14 German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 15 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train"

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 17 In his 14th title defence Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in the 2nd round at the Convention Center, Philadelphia to retain NYSAC heavyweight boxing crown

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 19 Nazi police attacked & driven away from Koco, Amsterdam (by young Jews)
  • Feb 20 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • Feb 20 Nazi Germany orders Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
  • Feb 20 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands

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Feb 21 Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
  • Feb 22 Nazi police raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation to be sent to Buchenwald and Mauthausen concentration camps
  • Feb 22 Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
  • Feb 22 German assault on El Agheila Libya
  • Feb 22 IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Feb 22 Paul Creston's 1st Symphony premieres
  • Feb 22 Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man" premieres
  • Feb 23 Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg
  • Feb 24 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
  • Feb 24 Anti-Nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
  • Feb 25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • Feb 25 February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
  • Feb 26 2 fighters unable to continued slugfest, referee declares double KO
  • Feb 26 Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized (California)
  • Feb 26 Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
  • Feb 26 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 13th Academy Awards: "Rebecca", James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
Actor James Stewart
Actor
James Stewart
  • Feb 28 British-Italian dogfight above Albania