On This Day

February 1946 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Republic of Hungary proclaims Zoltán Tildy as its communist president
  • Feb 1 Norwegian politician Trygve Lie becomes 1st Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Feb 2 The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic made
  • Feb 4 Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5 The Chondoist Chongu Party is founded in North Korea
  • Feb 7 Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC (Fair Employment Practices Committee) bill

Historic Event

Feb 8 Portuguese Dictator António de Oliveira Salazar forbids opposition parties

  • Feb 9 Dutch Labor Party (Dutch Social Democratic Party) forms

Historic Event

Feb 10 Charles "Lucky" Luciano is deported to Italy, and never returns to the United States

  • Feb 11 World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 116 of 156 captured U-boats
  • Feb 16 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Feb 17 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 21 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt

Election of Interest

Feb 24 General Juan Perón first elected President of Argentina

  • Feb 26 2 killed & 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia, Tennessee
  • Feb 27 4th "Road" film "Road to Utopia" premieres (NYC)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 2 Alpha Oumar Konaré, ex-president of Mali
  • Feb 6 Jim Turner, American politician, born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Ascott, rocker (Isotope)
  • Feb 7 Sammy Johns, rocker (Politics, Religion & Her), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 8 "Fito" Adolpho De La Parra, rocker (Canned Heat-Hot Money), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 8 Paul Wheatbread, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl)
  • Feb 9 M J H Sterling, Vice-Chancellor (Brunel University)
  • Feb 9 Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • Feb 9 Jim Webb, United States Senator from Virginia
  • Feb 14 David Green, English TV/video producer
  • Feb 14 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (d. 2003)
  • Feb 15 Clare Short, British MP
  • Feb 15 John Greenway, British MP
  • Feb 15 Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
  • Feb 16 J R Farndon, British consultant surgeon
  • Feb 18 Michael Buerk, British newsreader
  • Feb 19 Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 21 Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of Richard Nixon, born in Whittlier, California
  • Feb 21 Vito Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian alleged mafia boss, also known as "Montreal's Teflon Don", born in Cattolica Eraclea, Sicily, Italy (d. 2013)
  • Feb 24 Anthony Mayer, chief executive (Housing Corporation)
  • Feb 24 Michael Radford, director (1984, White Mischief)
  • Feb 24 Grigory Margulis, Russian mathematician
  • Feb 25 F Xaver Kroetz, writer
  • Feb 25 Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari
  • Feb 26 Phyllis Eisenstein, American sci-fi author (Sorcerer's Son, Born to Exile), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 26 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist & Nobel laureate (1999), born in Damanhur, Egypt (d. 2016)
  • Feb 27 Mary-Claire King, American human geneticist (breast cancer genes), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Feb 28 Robin Cook, British politician (Labour Party MP, 1983-2005, born in Bellshill, Scotland (d. 2005)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Hans Bethge, German poet, dies at 70
  • Feb 4 Margarete Boie, writer, dies
  • Feb 8 Felix Hoffmann, German chemist (synthesized aspirin and heroin), dies at 78
  • Feb 21 José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
  • Feb 23 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," executed for war crimes by hanging at 60