What Happened in October 1940

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
  • Oct 2 17 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Oct 2 British Council receives Royal Charter
  • Oct 2 British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • Oct 3 France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • Oct 3 Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
  • Oct 3 US forms parachute troops
  • Oct 4 12 German aircrafts shot down above England

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Oct 4 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Oct 4 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • Oct 4 Wrestling returns to Madison Sq Garden after 12 year lay off
  • Oct 6 Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat & Skyline in SF
  • Oct 7 Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
  • Oct 7 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • Oct 8 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • Oct 8 German troops occupies Romania
  • Oct 14 Balham tube disaster during the Blitz.
  • Oct 15 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • Oct 15 London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans

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Oct 15 "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Oct 16 Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army
  • Oct 16 Lottery for 1st US WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
  • Oct 16 Warsaw Ghetto is formed by German Governor-General Hans Frank
  • Oct 17 German occupiers issue identity cards
  • Oct 18 Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Cheese rationed in Netherlands
  • Oct 20 Greenhouse rationing begins in Netherlands
  • Oct 21 RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
  • Oct 24 US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect - minimum wage, 44 hr week
  • Oct 24 Hitler meets Marshal Pétain
  • Oct 24 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
  • Oct 24 Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
  • Oct 25 Benjamin O Davis Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army
  • Oct 25 Duke, Latouche & Felter's musical premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • Oct 28 Greece successfully resists Italy's attack
  • Oct 28 Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Florence
  • Oct 29 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson drew 1st number-258-in 1st peacetime military draft in US history
  • Oct 30 Cole Porters musical "Panama Hattie" premieres in New York City

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Oct 30 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Oct 31 63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
  • Oct 31 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends
  • Oct 31 Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Richard F Pieternella, Dutch Antilles' minister plenipotentiary
  • Oct 2 Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • Oct 2 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player
  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, rocker, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 3 Jean Ratelle, NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins)
  • Oct 3 Mike Troy, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1960)
  • Oct 4 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine footballer
  • Oct 4 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist
  • Oct 5 Bob Cowper, cricketer (Aust LHB, 307 v England MCG 1966 Very rich
  • Oct 6 Boris Dmitriyevich Andreyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Oct 6 Ellen Travolta, actress (Grease, Charles in Charge), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Oct 6 Wyche Fowler Jr, (Rep-D-GA, 1977-87)
  • Oct 7 Bruce F Vento, (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1977- )
  • Oct 7 Dino Valenti, rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
  • Oct 7 Richard H Stallings, (Rep-D-ID, 1985- )
  • Oct 8 Fred Cash, Chattanooga Tn, rocker (Impressions)
  • Oct 9 Gordon J Humphrey, (Sen-R-NH, 1979- )
  • Oct 9 Hans Ulrich Humpert, composer

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Oct 9 Joe Pepitone, MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone

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Oct 9 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • Oct 13 Pharoah Sanders, American saxophonist
  • Oct 14 Christopher Timothy, British actor (All Creatures Great & Small)

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Oct 14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist (Suddenly), born in Lucknow, India

  • Oct 14 Jesse Carlyle Snead, Hot Springs VA, PGA golfer (1972 Philadelphia Classic)
  • Oct 14 Pat Finley, actress (Ellen Hartley-Bob Newhart Show), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct 15 Peter Doherty, Australian immunologist, Nobel laureate
  • Oct 16 Barry Corbin, actor (Maurice-Northern Exposure)

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Oct 16 Dave DeBusschere, NBA foward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • Oct 17 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
  • Oct 17 Jim Smith, English footballer and manager
  • Oct 18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter, born in New York City
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Kulej, Poland, light welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 19 Michael Gambon, English actor (Singing Detective, Paris at Night)
  • Oct 20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • Oct 20 Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • Oct 21 Don Ritter, (Rep-R-PA, 1979- )
  • Oct 21 Frances FitzGerald, journalist/author (Fire in the Lake), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 21 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • Oct 21 Julie Parrish, Middlesboro Ky, actress (Good Morning World, Capitol)
  • Oct 21 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)
  • Oct 21 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Oct 23 Freddie Marsden, rock drummer (Gerry & The Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England

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Oct 23 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century - 1281 goals in 1363 games), born in Três Corações, Minas Gerais

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
  • Oct 24 David Sainsbury, English billionaire/founder (Dutch Soc-Dem)
  • Oct 24 F Murray Abraham, actor (Amadeus, Mad Man), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 25 Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Oct 26 Mario Orosco, 1st victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • Oct 27 Anthea Joseph, music producer
  • Oct 27 Maxine Hong Kingston, US, author

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Oct 27 John Gotti, mafia head of the Gambino family, born in The Bronx, New York

Gangster John Gotti
John Gotti
  • Oct 28 Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov, cosmo (Soyuz T-3, T-8, T-11, TM-21)
  • Oct 28 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer
  • Oct 29 Connie Mack, (Rep-R-FL, 1983- /Sen-R-FL)
  • Oct 29 Galen Weston, English/Canadian industrial/multi-millionaire
  • Oct 29 Frida Boccara, French singer (d. 1996)
  • Oct 29 José Ulises Macías Salcedo, Catholic bishop
  • Oct 30 Miguel Calderon-Gomez, basketball player (Olympic-bronze-1972), born in Havana, Cuba

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer: Cuauhnahuac/Planos, dies at 40
  • Oct 5 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (b. 1859)
  • Oct 5 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • Oct 6 Ferdinando Liuzzi, composer, dies at 55
  • Oct 8 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Wilfred Grenfell, English medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador (b. 1865).
  • Oct 10 Berton Churchill, Canadian actor (b. 1876)
  • Oct 11 Lluís Companys, President of Generalitat of Catalonia (shot) (b. 1882)
  • Oct 11 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • Oct 12 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • Oct 18 Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • Oct 20 Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • Oct 21 William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)
  • Oct 24 Victor Hollaender, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism) dies at 75
  • Oct 27 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 28 Andrea d' Angeli, composer, dies at 71