February 1944 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Supreme Soviet increases Soviet republics' autonomy
  • Feb 1 US 7th Infantry/4th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur
  • Feb 2 4th US marine division conquers Roi, Marshall Islands
  • Feb 2 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • Feb 2 Edward Chodorov's "Decision" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 3 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • Feb 4 Jean Anouilh's play "Antigone" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 4 US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein, in the Pacific
  • Feb 5 358 RAF bombers attack Stettin
  • Feb 7 Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy
  • Feb 8 1st African American reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin
  • Feb 8 U-762 sunk off Ireland
  • Feb 9 U-734/U-238 sunk off Ireland
  • Feb 10 Belgian resistance fighter and author Kamiel van Baelen arrested
  • Feb 10 U-666/U-545/U-283 sink off Ireland
  • Feb 11 German troops reconquer Aprilia, Italy
  • Feb 11 U-424 sunk off Ireland
  • Feb 12 Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race
  • Feb 14 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
  • Feb 15 891 British bombers attack Berlin
  • Feb 15 Attack begins at Monte Cassino monastery, Italy
  • Feb 17 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; US victory on Feb 22
  • Feb 17 US begins night bombing of Truk
  • Feb 18 Maastricht resistance fighter JAJ Janssen arrested
  • Feb 19 823 British bombers attack Berlin
  • Feb 19 U-264 sinks off Ireland
  • Feb 20 US takes Eniwetok Island
  • Feb 20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers
  • Feb 22 US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die
  • Feb 23 Forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people to Central Asia.

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 24 Minister of War Juan Perón leads a coup in Argentina

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Feb 25 US 1st Army completes invasion plan
  • Feb 26 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
  • Feb 28 Arrests of the ten-Boom family in Nazi occupied Netherlands (Haarlem) through a Dutch collaborator on charges of hiding Jews
  • Feb 29 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death
  • Feb 29 US troop land on Los Negros, Admirality Islands

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Feb 29 Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II, is run down and injured by a Nazi truck in Krakow

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Mike Enzi, American politician, senator of Wyoming
  • Feb 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), born in Boston, Massachusetts, (d. 2017)
  • Feb 4 Daniel A Mica, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • Feb 6 Christine Boutin, French politician
  • Feb 7 Berend baron van Voorst tot Voorst, Dutch foreign state sect (CDA)
  • Feb 7 Michael A Andrews, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • Feb 8 Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian documentary photographer

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Feb 9 Alice Walker, American novelist (Color Purple, Meridian), born in Putnam County, Georgia

Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker
  • Feb 9 Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
  • Feb 10 Frank Keating, American politician
  • Feb 11 Buddhadev Dasgupta, director (Charachar, Grihajuddha)
  • Feb 11 Michael G. Oxley, Politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Feb 12 Desmond Nuttall, English educator
  • Feb 12 Jackie Torrence, story teller/artist

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Feb 13 Jerry Springer, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • Feb 13 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (d. 1983)

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Feb 14 Carl Bernstein, American investigative reporter who covered Watergate for the Washington Post, born in Washington, D. C.

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
  • Feb 15 Aleksandr A Serebrov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17)
  • Feb 15 Tineke Netelenbos, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Feb 16 António Mascarenhas Monteiro, 2nd President of Cape Verde
  • Feb 17 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
  • Feb 19 Jan Bart Klaster, mythologist (Slogan)
  • Feb 20 Roger Knapman, British MP
  • Feb 20 Robert de Cotret, French Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • Feb 21 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • Feb 22 Robert Kardashian, American lawyer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • Feb 23 James Cousins, British MP
  • Feb 23 Bernard Cornwell, English historical novelist
  • Feb 23 John Sandford, American novelist
  • Feb 27 Roger Scruton, Buslingthorpe, British philosopher
  • Feb 29 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • Feb 29 Ene Ergma, Estonian politician

Deaths in History

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Feb 1 Piet Mondrian, abstract painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Feb 4 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
  • Feb 5 Robert E Park, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer, a crater on Mars and the Antoniadi crater on the Moon were named in his honor (b. 1870)
  • Feb 17 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (b. 1869)

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Feb 23 Leo Baekeland, Belgian-American chemist and inventor (bakelite plastics), dies at 80

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Leo Baekeland
  • Feb 29 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)