What Happened in September 1940

Historical Events

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 2 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • Sep 2 Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated
  • Sep 3 39.4 cm rainfall at Sapulpa, Oklahoma (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Hitler orders invasion in England on Sept 21 (Operation Seelöwe/Sealion)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 3 Dutch government in exile of Gerbrandy forms in London
  • Sep 3 Sicherheits police bans Free masons, Rotary & Red Cross
  • Sep 3 US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
  • Sep 4 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • Sep 4 Gerbrandy becomes premier of Dutch government in exile
  • Sep 4 Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Netherlands in Hitler's hands
  • Sep 6 Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
  • Sep 6 Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France
  • Sep 7 German Luftwaffe blitz London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights
  • Sep 7 Luftwaffe loses 41 bombers above England
  • Sep 7 Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.
  • Sep 9 28 German aircraft shot down above England

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 60th U.S. Men's National Championship: Donald McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 54th U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Sep 10 Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb
  • Sep 11 -12] Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs
  • Sep 11 54th US Postmaster General: Frank C Walker of Pa takes office
  • Sep 11 Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS
  • Sep 11 Hitler begins operation Seelöwe (Sealion - aborted invasion England)
  • Sep 11 George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.
  • Sep 12 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)
  • Sep 12 Italian troops enter Egypt
  • Sep 12 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • Sep 13 Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs
  • Sep 13 Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
  • Sep 14 US Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • Sep 14 German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; hundreds die
  • Sep 15 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • Sep 15 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
  • Sep 15 Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group, RAF

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Sep 15 Climax of the Battle of Britain, tide turns as Luftwaffe lose 56 aircraft, RAF 28

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Sep 16 Luftwaffe attacks central London
  • Sep 16 Samuel T Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives
  • Sep 16 St Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to HR from each side of plate
  • Sep 17 Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
  • Sep 18 19 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Sep 18 Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 18 Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
  • Sep 19 Nazi decree forbids gentile woman to work in Jewish homes
  • Sep 19 Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance.
  • Sep 23 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
  • Sep 23 Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler
  • Sep 24 Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career HR
  • Sep 24 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton
  • Sep 25 German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
  • Sep 26 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton for second time
  • Sep 26 Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
  • Sep 26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
  • Sep 27 55 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Sep 27 Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces
  • Sep 27 Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller
  • Sep 27 Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
  • Sep 27 Yankees, lose to A's & eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935
  • Sep 28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
  • Sep 28 Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
  • Sep 28 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
  • Sep 29 "Double or Nothing", a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
  • Sep 29 "Strike Up the Band" opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Sep 30 47 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Sep 30 59 U-boats sunk this month (295,000 tons)

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Beverly Sanders, actress (Lotsa Luck, CPO Sharkey), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 2 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • Sep 2 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist
  • Sep 3 Pauline Collins, actress (Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • Sep 3 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • Sep 5 Lewis Spratlan, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 5 Raquel Welch, (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
  • Sep 6 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • Sep 7 Dario Argento, director (Creepers, Deep Red, Tenebrae)
  • Sep 8 Willie Tyler, Red Level Ala, ventriloquist (Lester)
  • Sep 8 Quentin L. Cook, LDS apostle
  • Sep 9 Joe Negroni, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1978)
  • Sep 10 Roy Ayers, LA, disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me)
  • Sep 10 Yevgeni Nikolayevich Khludeyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Sep 11 Bernie Dwyer, rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • Sep 11 Brian DePalma, film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 11 Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General
  • Sep 11 Robert Palmer, last CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Sep 12 Linda Gray, actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 12 Mickey Lolich, pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971)
  • Sep 12 Roger K Crouch, Jamestown Tenn, astronauts (STS 83, 94)
  • Sep 12 Stephen J Solarz, (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93)
  • Sep 12 Susan Sennett, actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 12 Patrick Mower, English actor
  • Sep 13 Joyce Schouten, Dutch singer (Fouryo's)
  • Sep 13 Óscar Arias, Costa Rican politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Sep 13 Gene Page, arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Marvin Gaye), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Sep 14 Larry Brown, NBA player/NBA coach (NY Knicks)
  • Sep 14 Leo H Ferrier, Suriname writer (Atman)
  • Sep 15 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • Sep 15 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • Sep 15 Norman [Richard] Spinrad, US, sci-fi author (Child of Fortune)
  • Sep 17 Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat
  • Sep 17 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (d. 2007)
  • Sep 18 Frankie Avalon, actor (Beach movies)/singer (Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Bill Medley, Santa Ana Cal, rocker (Righteous Bros-Up Where We Belong)
  • Sep 19 Paul Williams, singer/composer/actor (Planet of the Apes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • Sep 20 Joseph J DioGuardi, (Rep-R-NY, 1985- )
  • Sep 21 Bill Kurtis, newscaster (American Parade), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Sep 21 Hermann Knoflacher, Austrian civil engineer
  • Sep 22 Anna Karina, Copenhagen Denmark, actress (Alphaville)
  • Sep 22 Edward Boguslawski, composer
  • Sep 23 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • Sep 24 Barbara Allbut, rock vocalist (Angels), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Yves Navarre, French writer (d. 1994)
  • Sep 25 Timothy Severin, author/explorer
  • Sep 27 Josephine Barstow, opera singer
  • Sep 27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 28 Alekander Sergeyevich Ivanchenkov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 29/31, T-6)
  • Sep 28 Aleksandr Y Kalery, Russian cosmonaut
  • Sep 28 George Greenstein, author (Secret of a Jewish Baker)
  • Sep 29 Jimmy Knapp, trade unionist
  • Sep 29 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • Sep 29 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • Sep 29 Nicola Di Bari, Italian singer
  • Sep 30 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 1 Actor Harry Morgan (25) weds Eileen Detchon

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22 "Adventures of Superman" actor George Reeves (26) weds Ellanora Needles at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California

  • Sep 25 "Sullivan's Travels" actress Veronica Lake (18) weds American motion picture art director and set designer John S. Detlie (31)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Otto V Ekelund, Swedish poet/writer (Hafvets Stjorna), dies at 59
  • Sep 7 Edmund Rumpler, Austria auto/airplane builder, dies
  • Sep 15 Dick Ket, Dutch painter/cartoonist, dies at 37
  • Sep 25 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), dies at 57
  • Sep 26 Walter Benjamin, writer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27 Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • Sep 30 Walter Kollo, composer, dies at 62