What Happened in January 1940

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • Jan 1 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • Jan 1 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • Jan 3 WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
  • Jan 5 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • Jan 5 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • Jan 6 Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
  • Jan 7 Winter War: The Finish 9th Division defeats the Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road despite being significantly outnumbered
  • Jan 8 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • Jan 9 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
  • Jan 9 J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 12 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • Jan 14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • Jan 15 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch merchant ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
  • Jan 21 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
  • Jan 22 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • Jan 23 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
  • Jan 25 Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • Jan 26 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • Jan 27 -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
  • Jan 29 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Jan 29 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
  • Jan 30 Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
  • Jan 30 Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
  • Jan 31 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • Jan 31 C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 1 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • Jan 1 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5 Dany Saval, actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • Jan 5 Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
  • Jan 5 General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, American musician (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8 Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • Jan 9 Barbara Buczek, composer
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • Jan 9 Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
  • Jan 11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 19 Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • Jan 20 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 21 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, country singer
  • Jan 24 Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 28 Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, composer
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Jan 2 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.
  • Jan 26 Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • Jan 5 Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • Jan 5 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • Jan 12 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • Jan 18 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • Jan 20 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
  • Jan 24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • Jan 25 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 31 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56