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February 1947 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists
  • Feb 1 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established
  • Feb 3 -81°F (-63°C), Snag Yukon (North American record)
  • Feb 3 1st black reporter in US Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)
  • Feb 5 Bolewet Beirut becomes President of Poland

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Feb 6 Magnum Photos founded in Paris by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Robert Capa
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Feb 7 The UK announces its intention to end the Mandate for Palestine
  • Feb 8 Jan van der Hoorn wins 8th Dutch 11-cities skating race (10:51)

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Feb 9 Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Feb 10 Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia
  • Feb 10 Netherlands Radio Union forms
  • Feb 10 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
  • Feb 10 WW II peace treaties signed
  • Feb 12 Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
  • Feb 12 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands

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Feb 12 French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • Feb 17 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
  • Feb 17 Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
  • Feb 18 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA

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Feb 20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • Feb 20 State of Prussia ceases to exist.

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Feb 21 1st instant developing camera demonstrated by Edwin Land at the Optical Society of America in NYC

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • Feb 21 Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ

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Feb 23 US General Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 27 French explorer Paul-Emile Victor founds French Polar Expeditions to oversee French scientific missions

TaiwanFebruary 28 Massacre

Feb 28 February 28 Massacre: Anti-government uprising in Taiwan is violently put down by Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang-led Republic of China government with the loss of 18,000-28,000 lives. Marks the beginning of the White Terror.

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An angry crowd occupies the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau in Taipei
An angry crowd occupies the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau in Taipei
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Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Adam Ingram, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 4 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, USA (Sen-R-Ind, 44th Vice President 1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 4 Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 5 Mary Louise Cleave, American engineer & NASA astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York
  • Feb 7 Joe Shea, American journalist
  • Feb 9 Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
  • Feb 10 Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
  • Feb 10 Nicholas Owen, English newsreader
  • Feb 12 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
  • Feb 14 Judd Gregg, (Rep-R-NH, 1981- )
  • Feb 14 Pham Tuan, Vietnam, cosmonaut (Soyuz 37/36)
  • Feb 16 Franz West, artist (Flause), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Eliot Engel, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New York City
  • Feb 18 Princess Maria Christina [Marijke], of Netherlands
  • Feb 19 Peter Bird, ocean rower
  • Feb 19 Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Feb 19 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), born in Khulna District, British India (d. 2018)
  • Feb 20 Andre van Duin [Kyvon], Dutch entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • Feb 20 Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
  • Feb 21 Olympia J Snowe, (Rep-R-ME, 1979- )
  • Feb 21 Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • Feb 22 John Bryant, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983- ), born in Lake Jackson, Texas
  • Feb 23 Anton Mosimann, Swiss chef (Dorchester Hotel), born in Solothurn, Swiss Jura
  • Feb 23 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic), born in England (d. 1998)
  • Feb 23 John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
  • Feb 23 Pia Kjærsgaard, Danish politician
  • Feb 25 Lewis Moonie, British MP
  • Feb 26 Sandie Shaw [Sandra Goodrich], English rocker (Girl Don't Come), born in Essex, England
  • Feb 28 Stephanie Beacham, England, (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • Feb 5 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • Feb 5 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • Feb 24 Pierre Janet, French psychologist and neurologist (contributed to the modern concept of mental and emotional disorders involving anxiety, phobias, and other abnormal behaviour), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78