What Happened in 1940 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 545

  • Jul 20 Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
  • Jul 20 Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
  • Jul 20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
  • Jul 21 Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Jul 21 VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 22 Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jul 24 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
  • Jul 24 Linthorst Homan, de Quay & Einthoven forms Dutch Union
  • Jul 25 John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi River
  • Jul 27 Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
  • Jul 27 Bugs Bunny debuts in "Wild Hare"
  • Jul 28 Radio Orange begins broadcasting from London
  • Jul 28 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
  • Jul 29 S>V. Urk Dutch soccer team forms
  • Jul 31 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
  • Jul 31 Riechskommissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Aug 2 KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
  • Aug 3 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
  • Aug 3 Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • Aug 3 Lithuanian SSR is accepted into USSR
  • Aug 3 Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight to the US
  • Aug 5 "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
  • Aug 5 St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
  • Aug 6 Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
  • Aug 7 Churchill recognizes De Gaulle's French government in exile
  • Aug 7 Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
  • Aug 7 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • Aug 8 31 German aircraft shot down over England
  • Aug 8 The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
  • Aug 10 Prince Bernhard Fund forms
  • Aug 11 38 German aircraft shot down over England
  • Aug 11 German air raid on British ports Portland and Weymouth
  • Aug 12 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
  • Aug 12 Netherlands starts rationing textiles

BattleBattle of Interest

Aug 13 Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Aug 14 Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
  • Aug 15 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazis)
  • Aug 15 Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircraft damaged
  • Aug 16 45 German aircrafts shot down over England

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Aug 17 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Aug 17 Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
  • Aug 18 Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day" Luftwaffe lose 69 aircraft, the RAF 68 in largest ever air battle
  • Aug 20 1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 20 Louis Buchalter is indicted on murder charges in Los Angeles for the killing of Harry Greenberg, a mob associate of casino owner Meyer Lansky and mobster Bugsy Siegel

  • Aug 23 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
  • Aug 23 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands dismisses premier De Geer
  • Aug 24 Luftwaffe bombs London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 25 First British night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • Aug 25 Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
  • Aug 26 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • Aug 26 Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
  • Aug 27 Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
  • Aug 28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • Aug 29 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
  • Aug 31 1st edition of illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • Aug 31 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
  • Aug 31 RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe's 41
  • Aug 31 German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap rationing
  • Aug 31 US National Guard assembles

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)
  • Sep 3 Hitler orders invasion in England on Sept 21 (Operation Seelöwe/Sealion)
  • 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
  • Sep 15 PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group, RAF
  • Sep 15 Climax of the Battle of Britain, tide turns as Luftwaffe lose 56 aircraft, RAF 28
  • Sep 16 FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 725

  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 20 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge)
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • May 22 Bernard Shaw, news correspondant (CBS, CNN)
  • May 22 Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)
  • May 22 Michael Sarrazin, actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They)
  • May 24 Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • May 26 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • May 27 Rene Koering, composer
  • May 28 Betty Shabazz, educator/talk show hostess/widow (Malcolm X)
  • May 28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • May 28 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Dalkey, Ireland, novelist (Light a Penny Candle), (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
  • May 30 David Ackroyd, actor (I Come in Peace, Memories of Me), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 31 Augie Mayer, rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
  • Jun 1 Rene Auberjonois, actor (Clayton-Benson, Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • Jun 1 Kip Thorne, American physicist
  • Jun 2 Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jun 2 Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Jun 2 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 2 Jim Maloney, baseball pitcher
  • Jun 3 Richard Edwards, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1968-69 Aust/NZ tour)
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Rudd Moore, composer
  • Jun 4 Gerrit H Terpstra, economist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • Jun 4 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • Jun 5 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • Jun 5 Moira Anderson, Scotland, singer (Loch Lomond)
  • Jun 6 Laudir De Olivera, rocker (Chicago)
  • Jun 6 Phillip Rhodes, composer
  • Jun 6 Sandra Morgan, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Jun 6 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 7 Tom Jones [Thomas John Woodward], Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Jun 8 Nancy Sinatra, Jersey City, singer (Boots are Made for Walkin') and daughter of Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 8 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • Jun 10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • Jun 11 Joey Dee, singer (Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 13 Bobby Freeman, SF, rocker (Do You Want to Dance)
  • Jun 14 Ben Davidson, actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jun 14 Bill Baker, (Rep-R-California)
  • Jun 14 Jack Bannon, actor (Art-Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 14 John Mizelle, composer
  • Jun 15 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, singer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 16 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Jun 16 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • Jun 17 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Jun 17 Tony Marlow, MP (Conservative)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
George Akerlof
  • Jun 18 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jun 18 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jun 18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • Jun 19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ)
  • Jun 20 John Mahoney, actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 20 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • Jun 21 Mariette Hartley, actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 21 Michael Ruse, Canadian philosopher
  • Jun 22 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author/director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up), born in Tehran (d. 2016)
  • Jun 22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter
  • Jun 23 Alexander Irvine, Lord Chanceller of UK (1997- )
  • Jun 23 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • Jun 23 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)
  • Jun 23 Simon Hobday, Mareking South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open)
  • Jun 23 Stuart Sutcliffe, rocker (Beatles), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 23 Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • Jun 25 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)
  • Jun 25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 26 Billy Davis Jr, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 26 Robert Kramer, actor (A.K.)
  • Jun 28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker, economist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Jun 28 Roderick Wright, ex-Scottish bishop (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Louise S Groenman, Dutch MP (D66)
  • Jun 29 Viacheslav Artyomov, composer
  • Jun 30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)
  • Jul 1 Jack Acker, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jul 1 Kenneth Clarke, British minister
  • Jul 3 Cesar Tovar, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Fontella Bass, vocalist (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 3 Heather Steel, British judge
  • Jul 3 Lance Larson, US, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • Jul 3 Lamar Alexander, American politician
  • Jul 4 Joost P van Iersel, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jul 4 Walter Greenman, horse trainer
  • Jul 4 Karolyn Grimes, American actress
  • Jul 5 Karen Shepherd, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • Jul 5 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer
  • Jul 6 Viktor Kuzkin, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • Jul 6 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
  • Jul 6 Jeannie Seely, American singer
  • Jul 7 James Toner, horse trainer
  • Jul 7 Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 7 Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jul 8 Marcia Rodd, actress (Little Murders, T R Baskins)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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