CBI - China: Day 31 of 41 of the 1st Battle of Shanghai.
1933 — , February 27
CBI - China: Day 58 of 142 of the 1st Battle of Hebei.
CBI - China: Day 7 of 9 of the Battle of Rehe.
1936 — , February 27
Japan: Day 2 of 4 of an ambitious coup attempt in Japan. Using the Sanno Hotel in Tokyo as their marshalling ground and headquarters, socialist junior Army officers attempt to overthrow the Prime Minister and his cabinet, demanding reorganization of the government.
1937 — , February 27
Spain: Day 226 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
1938 — , February 27
Spain: Day 591 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 236 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 21 of 124 of the Battle of Henan.
1939 — , February 27
Spain: Day 956 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War. British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, formally recognizes Franco's Fascist Government in Spain.
CBI - China: Day 601 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
1940 — , February 27
Finland: Day 90 of 105 of the Russo-Finnish War.
CBI - China: Day 966 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 105 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
Day 31 of 67 of the Battle of Wuyuan.
1941 — , February 27
ETO - UK: Day 175 of 258 of the Blitz.
East Africa: Day 263 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
East Africa - Eritrea: Day 23 of 56 of the Battle of Keren.
CBI - China: Day 1,332 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 29 of 31 of the Battle of South Henan.
CBI - Thailand: Day 150 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).
1942 — , February 27
Atlantic: Day 45 of 169 of Germany's Second "Happy Time," during which U-boats sink 609 Allied ships with little risk.
Russian Front - North: Day 173 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 20 of 102 of the Battle of the Demyansk Pocket, another failed attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 36 of 103 of the Battle of the Kholm Pocket. Another attempt to break the siege at Leningrad.
Russian Front - Center: Day 51 of 103 of the Battle of Vyazma, Russia.
Russian Front - Center: Day 51 of 103 of the Battle of Sychevsk, Russia.
Russian Front - South: Day 121 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula. All German attacks against Sevastopol are stopped for the winter.
CBI: Day 1 of 3 of the Naval Battle of the Java Sea. US 5th Air Force sends all available warplanes to attack the Japanese landing convoy but run out of daylight.
CBI - Burma: Day 76 of 164 of Japan's Invasion of Burma.
CBI - China: Day 1,697 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 66 of 99 of the 3rd Battle of Changsha.
PTO - Borneo: Day 74 of 107 of the Battle of Borneo.
PTO - Malaya: Day 9 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
PTO - Philippines: Day 82 of 152 of the 1st Battle of the Philippines. 5th Air Force provides air support.
1943 — , February 27
USA: Saturday Evening Post magazine features Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Worship" painting, the second of four depictions of FDR's 06 Jan 41 "Four Freedoms" speech.
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Norman Rockwell related dates...
06 Jan 41: FDR delivers his "Four Freedoms" speech to Congress
20 Feb 43: Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech is published
27 Feb 43: Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Worship is published
06 Mar 43: Norman Rockwell's Freedom from Want is published
13 Mar 43: Norman Rockwell's Freedom from Fear is published
29 May 43: Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter is published
ETO - France: US 8th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack the U-boat pens, port and naval facilities at Brest.
Germany: The final roundup of Berlin's remaining 10,000 Jews begins. 1,800 "privileged" Jews (males with an Aryan parent, married to a non-Jew, decorated veterans of WWI) are corralled into the Jewish welfare office on Rosenstrasse. Astonishingly, the men's German wives arrive and stage a week-long non-violent protest, eventually securing their release.
The Jewish Welfare Office on Rosenstrasse in Berlin, circa 1943, where wives of the 1,800 "privileged" Jews staged a week-long protest
Scene from the 2003 film Rosenstrasse which recounts the dramatic protest. The men were eventually released on the orders of Goebbels, who was regional director of Berlin at the time. This was shortly after the final defeat of the German army at Stalingrad, at a time when Goebbels, as minister of propaganda, was working hard to keep the support of the ordinary German people, not to mention he didn't want the notion of protesting to spread any further.
Another scene from the 2003 film Rosenstrasse. The protest was only a tiny wobble in the inexorable progress of the Holocaust, but a triumph nonetheless. The event went virtually unnoticed until the early 90's when a few documentaries were made about it.
The other 8,200 Jews rounded up on 27 Feb 43 were sent straight to Auschwitz, the most notorious of all Nazi concentration camps, for extermination. Many had been working in armament factories in Berlin.
27 Feb 43: Wives of "privileged" Jews stage protest for their release
06 Mar 43: Goebbels gives in, releases the 1,800 "privileged" Jews