14 Feb 1878
14 Feb 1898
14 Feb 1914
14 Feb 1921
  • USS Arizona arrived at Balboa, Colombia. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1922

United States
  • Douglas MacArthur married Louise Cromwell Brooks at the Cromwell family estate in Palm Beach, Florida, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1926
  • In Germany, Hitler summoned the senior Nazi Party leadership to a conference at Bamberg. Speaking for five hours he rejected the alternative party programme devised by Gregor Strasser in 1920, in favour of a more revolutionary struggle for power. Hitler would emerge with greater control over Nazi Party policies. [Main Article | AC]
14 Feb 1930

  • French cruiser Jeanne d'Arc was named. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1931

  • Spanish Prime Minister Dámasco Berenguer resigned and was succeeded by Admiral Aznar-Cabañas. [AC]
14 Feb 1932

  • Chinese General Ma Zhanshan surrendered to the Japanese in Heilongjiang Province, China. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1939

  • The German battleship Bismarck was launched at the Blohm & Voss yard, Hamburg, Germany. [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1939
Launching of the Bismarck, Hamburg, Germany, 14 Feb 1939Bismarck immediate after her launch, Hamburg, Germany, 14 Feb 1939
14 Feb 1940
  • German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee's supply ship Altmark reached Norwegian territorial waters off Trondheim. It was Captain Heinrich Dau's intension to remain in neutral Norwegian waters to avoid an attack by the British. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-57 torpedoed British tanker Gretafield 20 miles east of Wick, Scotland. 10 men were killed while 31 survivors were rescued by trawlers HMS Peggy Nutten and HMS Strathalladale. With 13,000 tons of fuel oil on board, she drifted as the oil burned, eventually running aground. [CPC]
  • German submarine U-53 sank Danish ship Martin Goldschmidt west of Ireland at 0500 hours. 5 men were killed while 5 survivors were rescued by Norweigan ship Berto. [CPC]
  • German submarine U-26 sank British steamer Langleeford 70 miles northwest of Fastnet, Ireland at 0800 hours, killing 4. U-26 picked up 30 survivors, interrogated them, and then sent them to County Clare, Ireland. [CPC]
  • German submarine U-48 sank British merchant ship Sultan Star 200 miles west of Land's End, southwestern England at 1700 hours, killing 1 man. Destroyers Whitshed, Vesper, and Acasta retaliated with 22 depth charges but they did not hit U-48. 72 survivors were rescued by Whitshed and delivered to Plymouth, England on the next day. [CPC]
  • Finnish troop began withdrawing from the Lähde sector of the Mannerheim Line. Meanwhile, after heavy bombardment, Soviet troops retook the Kirvesmäki fort on the Taipale River on the Mannerheim Line. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British government agreed to allow British volunteers to serve in the Finnish armed forces. [AC]
14 Feb 1941
  • German armed merchant cruiser Atlantis, with a fleet of two prize ships and one supply ship, made rendezvous with German cruiser Admiral Scheer. The ships transferred supplies amongst each other while prize ship tanker Ketty Brøvig refueled Admiral Scheer. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Grayson was commissioned into service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hitler pressured Yugoslavia to join the Tripartite Pact. [Main Article | TH]
  • African Commonwealth troops captured the port city of Kismayu, Italian East Africa, with gunfire support from cruisers HMS Shropshire, HMS Hawkins, HMS Ceres, and HMS Capetown. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 sank British ship Holystone 400 miles west of Ireland at 2257 hours, killing 40. [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Bianchi sank British ship Belcrest west of Ireland. [CPC]
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
  • The 14th Demi-Brigade de marche de la Légion Étrangère under the command of Colonel Raoul Magrin-Vernerey landed unopposed at Port Sudan, Sudan. [Main Article | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British motor torpedo boat MTB.41 hit a mine and sank in the North Sea, killing 8. [CPC]
Japan Libya
  • The second convoy of German troops arrived at Tripoli, Libya, which included the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and the 39th Anti-Tank Battalion. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Kichisaburo Nomura presented his credentials to Franklin Roosevelt at the White House, Washington DC, United States. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • The rear echelon of the US Marine Corps 3rd Defense Battalion arrived at Midway. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1941
Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura arriving at the White House with his credentials, Washington DC, United States, 14 Feb 1941
14 Feb 1942
  • US submarine Sargo delivered 1 million rounds of .30 caliber ammunition to Mindanao, Philippine Islands. Upon departure, the submarine evacuated 24 US Army personnel. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Enterprise departed from Pearl Harbor for Wake Island. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Juneau was commissioned into service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack attacked a Japanese oiler east of Borneo; both torpedoes missed. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Swordfish sank Japanese transport Amagisan Maru 91 miles east of Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF Bomber Command began to deploy the new GEE radio navigation device. [TH]
  • The British Royal Navy riverboat HMS Li Wo, evacuating military personnel from Java, ran into part of the Japanese invasion fleet and was blasted to pieces by destroyers. In a last desperate show of defiance, the little boat rammed one of the enemy transports (which would sink on the following day) before going down. Only 13 of the 120 aboard Li Wo survived. The commander, Lieutenant Thomas Wilkinson, who went down with his vessel, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross in 1946. [Main Article | AC]
  • The British submarine Thrasher survived an attack off Crete with two unexploded bombs lodged in its deck casing. Lieutenant Peter Roberts and Petty Officer Thomas Gould took 40 minutes to remove the explosives, squeezed in the narrow confines knowing the submarine might by forced to dive at any moment, leaving them trapped to drown. They both received the Victoria Cross. [AC]
  • British Deputy Chief of Air Staff informed the RAF Bomber Command that "the primary object of your operations should be focused on the morale of the enemy civilian population." [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-23 was lost somewhere south of Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, to unknown reason. [CPC]
  • British submarine P38 sank Italian ship Ariosto in the Mediterranean Sea without realizing that of the 410 aboard, 294 of them were Allied prisoners of war. 252 survivors of the sinking were rescued by Italian destroyer Premuda and torpedo boat Polluce. [CPC]
  • No. 94 Squadron RAF, flying Kittyhawk fighters, arrived at the front in North Africa. [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-576 sank British catapult armed merchant (CAM) ship Empire Spring southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada at 0337 hours, killing all 53 aboard. [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 18 G4M1 Type 1 land attack aircraft of the Japanese Takao Air Group arrived at Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul, New Britain. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Indian 17th Infantry Division was ordered to defend against the Japanese advance toward Rangoon, Burma at the Bilin River. [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Colombo, Ceylon. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-166 sank British freighter Kamuning 2 miles east of Ceylon at 0817 hours; 6 were killed, 63 survived. [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • 360 paratroopers of Japanese 1st Airborne Division landed at Pangkalanbenteng airfield near Palembang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies; in response, ABDA command sent 5 cruisers and 11 destroyers to transport troops to Palembang; Dutch destroyer HNLMS Van Ghent in this force ran aground on the next day and would be scuttled. Meanwhile, the British ship Vyner Brooke, escaping from Singapore with 300 on board, was bombed off Sumatra; around 100 survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reach shore on Banka island; the men were marched away by the Japanese and bayoneted and shot, the wounded were bayoneted where they laid, and the nurses were herded into the sea and machine gunned; one, Sister Vivian Bulwinkel, was wounded but survived to tell of the atrocity; she died in 2000, aged 85. [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Malaya and Singapore
  • Despite being wounded, Adnan bin Saidi continued to retire from his forward position in Singapore. When his position was finally taken by Japanese troops, he was tied to a tree and bayoneted to death. [Main Article | CPC]
  • While Japanese troops penetrated the lines manned by the 1st Malay Brigade at Singapore and reached the Alexandra Barracks Hospital, where 323 hospital staff and patients would soon be brutally massacred, Archibald Wavell rejected Arthur Percival's request to surrender Singapore. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet Union began a national labor conscription. [TH]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy PQ-11 departed Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Wahoo was launched at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, sponsored by the wife of William C. Barker, Jr. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1942
Japanese troops guarding prisoners from the British Suffolk Regiment, Feb 1942A Japanese pilot marking a victory on his A6M Zero fighter, 14 Feb 1942; note his unitLaunching of submarine Wahoo, Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 14 Feb 1942, photo 2 of 4; note submarine Whale nearbyLaunching of submarine Wahoo, Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 14 Feb 1942, photo 1 of 4; note submarine Whale nearby
See all photos dated 14 Feb 1942
14 Feb 1943
  • USS Runner attacked and claimed the sinking of a Japanese transport in the western Pacific; she reported 3 torpedoes expended and 2 hits. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops launched an offensive against American forces at and near Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Orde Wingate's first Chindit expedition, which had set off in great secrecy four days earlier, reached and crossed the Chinwin River badly behind schedule. Here, an agitated Wingate would discover that an RAF supply drop, which included letters from home, had fallen into Japanese hands, compromising security. [Main Article | Event | AC]
Caroline Islands Poland
  • Commandant Rudolf Höss of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp issued Garrison Order No. 3 which instructed the SS guards to "maintain an appropriate distance from the prisoners" to order to prevent the spread of typhus which was rampant among the prisoners. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
14 Feb 1944
  • Irwin was commissioned into service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Shark (Balao-class) was commissioned into service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • SHAEF, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, established its headquarters in England, United Kingdom. [TH]
  • The British Royal Navy's Second Escort Group (Captain F. J. Walker) sank the German submarine U-424. [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • At 0030 hours, 25 TBF torpedo bombers of US Marine Corps squadron VMTB-233 launched from Bougainville to mine Simpson Harbor near Rabaul, New Britain; one aircraft turned back due to mechanical problems. The Japanese shot down six TBF aircraft during the mining mission. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese launched a major attack on the Anglo-Indian defensive position "Admin Box" at Sinzweya, Burma, capturing one hill on the perimeter. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Harold Alexander visited the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy and was dissatisfied with the commanding officer Major General John Lucas. [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • 13 Italian motor torpedo boats arrived at Fiumicino, Italy. [CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Snook sank Japanese freighter Nittoku Maru in the East China Sea, hitting with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft from Rabaul, New Britain attacked the Allied convoy sailing for the Green Islands, damaging USS St. Louis with one hit and a few near misses (killing 23), but they would fail to stop the convoy. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler's orders to re-establish the Chelmno Concentration Camp in occupied Poland was received by German officials of Reichsgau Wartheland; the camp resumed extermination in May 1944. [Main Article | Facility | TH]
United States
  • USS Wake Island departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1945
  • USS Marcus Island disembarked US Navy squadron VC-21 and embarked squadron VC-87. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Cruiser Köln arrived at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Mingo arrived at Fremantle, Australia for repairs, pausing her seventh war patrol. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny arrived at Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Mariana Islands and was moored to submarine tender Fulton for repairs. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill sank two Japanese submarine chasers. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet damaged a Japanese patrol boat with her deck gun south of Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island set sail for Iwo Jima, Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
  • British and Canadian troops reached the Rhine River northwest of Duisberg, Germany. [Main Article | TH]
  • German Panzerkorps "Großdeutschland" and German 24th Panzer Corps counterattacked near Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), seeing some success against Soviet 4th Tank Army, but the Germans were unable halt the larger Soviet attempt to surround the city. Nearby, Soviet troops captured Groß-Rosen Concentration Camp in Groß-Rosen, Germany (now Rogoznica, Poland). [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-48 was sunk by the USS Fletcher north of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, after being damaged by Japanese shore batteries. [AC]
  • Oberstleutnant Heinz Bär was appointed as Geschwaderkommodore of III/EJG 2, the Luftwaffe unit tasked with the operational training of pilots for the Messerschmitt Me 262 Jet fighter. [Main Article | AC]
  • Ba 349 prototype aircraft M8 flew as a glider with Hans Zübert in the cockpit. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Martial law ended in Greece. [AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 85 arrived on board. [Main Article | DS]
  • Kiyoshi Ito saw combat against US carrier aircraft over central Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
Malaya and Singapore United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the Chelmsford-to-London Road near the village of Mountnessing in Essex, England, United Kingdom at 1700 hours. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German V-2 rocket hit Wormholt Road in Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom about 1 mile west of Sheperds Bush at 2200 hours, killing 29 and injuring 41. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1945
US Army Signal Corp Photo Tec-4 Elvin Harley getting a kiss from a French child while listening to the US 9th Armored Division Band near Aboncourt, France, 14 Feb 1945John Winant, Anna Boettiger, and Harry Hopkins aboard USS Quincy off Egypt, 14 Feb 1945Winant, Roosevelt, Stettinius, and Hopkins aboard USS Quincy off Egypt, 14 Feb 1945Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul-Aziz (Ibn Saud) of Saudi Arabia aboard USS Quincy, Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, 14 Feb 1945
See all photos dated 14 Feb 1945
14 Feb 1947
  • The scheduled overhaul work for USS Chub completed. [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Roderick Carr was appointed King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1947
Submarines Sawfish, Pargo, Puffer, and Steelhead at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 14 Feb 1947
14 Feb 1949
  • The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, convened for the first time. [AC]
14 Feb 1952

Photo(s) dated 14 Feb 1952
USS Carbonero off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 14 Feb 1952, photo 1 of 2; note Regulus missile launcherUSS Carbonero off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 14 Feb 1952, photo 2 of 2; note Regulus missile launcher

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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