80 Years Ago—February 4, 1940: Soviets execute Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the NKVD during the Great Purge in 1937-38, which was responsible for over 600,000 deaths (his execution remained secret until 1948).
75 Years Ago—Feb. 4, 1945: Yalta Conference begins—Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin plan the division of postwar Europe.
Allies liberate Belgium.
First Allied truck convoy over the reopened Burma Road arrives in Kunming, China.