The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.
The Soviets launch offensive toward Viipuri, Finland.
The first encounter of the Afrika Korps and the British forces.
The Battle of the Java Sea begins and continues for three days, during which the Allies, under the command of the Dutch Admiral, Karel Doorman lose five cruisers and six destroyers, while the Japanese lose just 4 transports.
British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.
Nazis order construction of gas chambers at Auschwitz.
The Seattle school board accepts forced resignation of Japanese-American teachers.
Jews working in Berlin armaments industry are sent to Auschwitz.
The Rosenstrasse Protests begin in Germany: Gentile women married to Jews protest treatment of Jews
USAAF bomber aircraft make their first raid on Germany.
The United States Mint begins production of steel pennies to conserve copper.
About 60,000 Japanese are reported to be trapped in New Britain and New Ireland, in the South West Pacific.
The United States issues plastic tokens to make change for ration stamps—blue for processed foods, red for meats and fats.
SHAEF reports that spectacular gains by the U.S. First and Ninth Armies on the Cologne Plain have been made.
Under Russian pressure, the Romanian King, Michael I is forced to appoint a Communist government.
The US 8th Air Force launches another heavy attack against Berlin which devastates the center of the city.
Army Group Courland repulses heavy Red Army attacks in the area of Prekuln.
U.S. Marines land on Verde Island, to the Southeast of Manila.
Tje US Sixth Army secures Corregidor in Philippines.
Syria and Lebanon join many other nations in last-minute declarations of war on Germany and Japan—all who join Allies before March 1 will be invited to the upcoming United Nations conference.