On This Day

February 1938 in History

Events in History

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

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 III British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 10 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
  • Feb 12 Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg visits Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden
  • Feb 12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • 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

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
  • Feb 20 Adolf Hitler announces his support for Japan during the Sino-Japanese War
  • 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 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 26 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), born in Mogadishu, Somalia (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russian cosmonaut
  • 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 7 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • Feb 12 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • Feb 15 Jack Tinker, British drama critic (d.1996)
  • Feb 15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • Feb 17 Mary Frances Berry, American lawyer and activist, head of US Commission on Civil Rights, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • Feb 20 Mona Mitchell, Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra
  • Feb 21 Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • Feb 22 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Feb 22 Pierre Vallières, French Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1995)
  • Feb 24 Kathleen Richardson, president (Methodist Conference)
  • Feb 26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter, born in Tsada, Cyprus (d. 1957)
  • Feb 28 Martin Olav Sabo, (Rep-D-MN, 1979- )

Deaths in History

  • 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 11 James A. Ten Eyck, American champion rower and coach (Ten Eyck Trophy namesake), dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Edward Anseele, Belgian socialist politician, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)

Person of interestGeorge Dayton

Feb 18 George Dayton, American businessman (founder of Target Corporation), dies of cancer at 80

Businessman and Founder of Target George Dayton
Businessman and Founder of Target
George Dayton
  • Feb 19 Leopoldo Lugones, Argentine poet (Las montañas del oro), dies at 63
  • Feb 21 George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (discovery of magnetic fields in sunspot), dies at 69