February 1938 in History

Events in History

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

Event of Interest

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
  • Feb 12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 12 Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg visits Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden
  • Feb 16 US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 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 Randolfe "Randy" Wicker [Charles Gervin Hayden Jr.], American author, LGBT and pro-cloning activist and blogger, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 4 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • Feb 7 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • Feb 12 Judy Blume, American author (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 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 Anthony Jr., American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1979-93), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • 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 (née Fountain), British clergywoman (President of Methodist Conference of Great Britain, 1992-93), born in Chesterfield, England
  • Feb 26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter, born in Tsada, Cyprus (d. 1957)
  • Feb 28 Martin Olav Sabo, American politician (Rep-D-MN, 1979-2007), born in Crosby, North Dakota (d. 2016)

Deaths in History

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

Harvey S. FirestoneHarvey S. Firestone (1868-1938)

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

  • 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 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • Feb 18 Edward Anseele, Belgian socialist politician, dies at 81

George DaytonGeorge Dayton (1857-1938)

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

  • 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