What Happened in November 1940

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 1st US air raid shelter, Fleetwood, Pa
  • Nov 1 Dutch "Curfew" forms (12 AM - 4 AM)
  • Nov 4 Eggs & cake rationed in Netherlands
  • Nov 5 Dutch submarine departs Dundee

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Nov 5 US President FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Nov 5 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Wash Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Nov 6 Franklin Roosevelt re-elected US President
  • Nov 7 Stravinsky's Symfonie in C premieres in Chicago
  • Nov 7 Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Wash

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Nov 8 RAF bombs Munich, Hitler promises "an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished."

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 10 Pittsburgh & Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game

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Nov 10 Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Nov 11 Thousands of Paris students lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier
  • Nov 11 Blizzard strikes midwestern US killing over 100
  • Nov 11 British Fleet Air Arm attack destroys half of Italian fleet at Taranto
  • Nov 11 Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle ("Jeep")
  • Nov 12 Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
  • Nov 13 Walt Disney's animated film "Fantasia" released
  • Nov 14 During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
  • Nov 15 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
  • Nov 15 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington & AC Seagulls
  • Nov 15 NY Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
  • Nov 16 World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • Nov 17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • Nov 18 George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • Nov 19 Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 19 First major German air raid on Birmingham - about 440 bombers kill 450
  • Nov 20 Hungary joins 3 Power pact
  • Nov 20 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
  • Nov 21 Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands
  • Nov 22 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis
  • Nov 23 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
  • Nov 23 Romania signs Driemogendheden pact
  • Nov 23 SD arrested resistance fighter Bernard Iron wire
  • Nov 25 SS Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
  • Nov 25 U of Mich retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • Nov 25 Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock"
  • Nov 25 First flights of the de Havilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.
  • Nov 26 Leidse students strike
  • Nov 26 Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
  • Nov 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • Nov 28 Dutch law professor Rudolph Cleveringa arrested by nazis
  • Nov 30 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
  • Nov 30 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, Chief Justice of India
  • Nov 1 Barry Sadler, American singer (d. 1989)
  • Nov 2 Gigi Proletti, Italian entertainer
  • Nov 3 Dieter Acker, composer
  • Nov 4 Delbert McClinton, singer (Gonna Find a Good Woman), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Nov 5 Elke Sommer, [Elke Schletz], actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 6 Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President and President of the American Jewish World Service
  • Nov 6 Dieter F. Uchtdorf, LDS apostle
  • Nov 7 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian
  • Nov 9 Sergio Cervetti, composer
  • Nov 10 Screaming Lord Sutch, rocker
  • Nov 11 Barbara Boxer, (Rep-D-CA, 1983-92/Sen-D-CA, 1993- )
  • Nov 12 Ria Lubbers, wife of Dutch premier Ruud Lubbers
  • Nov 12 Michel Audet, Quebec economist and politician
  • Nov 12 Jürgen Todenhöfer, German politician
  • Nov 13 Jack Birkenshaw, cricketer (England off-spinner 1973-74)
  • Nov 13 Joan Haanappel, figure skater/sports reporter
  • Nov 13 Justine "Baby" Washington, US singer (Only Those in Love)
  • Nov 13 Daniel Pilon, Canadian actor
  • Nov 14 Freddie Garrity, rocker (Freddie & the Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now)
  • Nov 15 Sam Waterson, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Nov 15 Ulf Pilgaard, Danish actor
  • Nov 16 Chris Balderstone, cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976)
  • Nov 17 Luke Kelly, Irish folk music singer and banjo player
  • Nov 18 Qaboos bin Sa'id, Sultan of Oman
  • Nov 19 Alberto Villalpando, composer
  • Nov 20 Helma Sanders-Brahms, Emden Germany, director (Apple Trees, Manoever)
  • Nov 21 Dr. John [Rebennack], American vocalist (I Was in Right Place), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Nov 21 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • Nov 21 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • Nov 21 Richard Marcinko, American author
  • Nov 22 Terry Gilliam, comedy author-animator (Monty Python), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 23 Luis Tiant, Cuba, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees)
  • Nov 24 Paul Tagliabue, commissioner (NFL)
  • Nov 24 Wendell Morris Logan, composer
  • Nov 24 Don Metz, American architect
  • Nov 24 Eric Wilson, Canadian children's author.
  • Nov 25 Percy Sledge, soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman)
  • Nov 25 Richard Furrer, Worgl Germany, astronaut (STS 22)

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Nov 25 Joe Gibbs, Mocksville North Carolina, American football coach (Washington Redskins)

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs

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Nov 27 Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], karate star/actor (Green Hornet), born in San Francisco, California

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • Nov 27 John Alderton, Gainsborough England, actor (Zardoz)
  • Nov 28 Bruce Channel [McMeans], American singer (Hey! Baby), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Nov 28 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • Nov 29 Chuck Mangione, jazz hornist (Chasing the Clouds Away), born in Rochester, New York
  • Nov 30 Glenn English, (Rep-D-OK, 1975- )

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1 Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23 Film director David Lean (32) weds actress Kay Walsh (29)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 30 "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds actor Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz

Famous Divorces

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Nov 4 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer

Famous Deaths

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Nov 4 Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), dies of a heart attack at 60 while in exile in France

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña

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Nov 9 Arthur Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (1937-40), dies of bowel cancer at 71

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • Nov 9 Stephen Peter Alencastre, Portuguese Catholic prelate (b. 1876)
  • Nov 12 Alejandro Garcia Caturla, composer, dies at 34
  • Nov 17 Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • Nov 17 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • Nov 21 Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies
  • Nov 22 Waclaw Berent, Polish novelist, dies at 67
  • Nov 23 Catherina van Rennes, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 28 Nicolae Iorga, author/president of Romania, murdered by fascist
  • Nov 30 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer, dies at 78