What Happened in 1940 (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 545

  • 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

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Sep 23 Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf 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

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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)
  • 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
  • Oct 4 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nov 8 RAF bombs Munich, Hitler promises "an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished."
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 725

  • Jul 9 John Salvito, rocker (Duprees)
  • Jul 10 Dawid J "Dawie" de Villiers, South African minister of energy (1989- )
  • Jul 10 Keith Stackpole, cricketer (aggressive Australian opener 1966-74)
  • Jul 10 Mills Watson, actor (Harper Valley PTA, BJ & Bear), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 10 Helen Donath, American soprano
  • Jul 10 Tom Farmer, Scottish entrepreneur
  • Jul 11 Rafael Martinez, horse trainer
  • Jul 11 Terry Patchett, politician
  • Jul 11 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician

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Jul 13 Patrick Stewart, English actor (Picard-Star Trek Next Generation, Charles Xavier-X-men), born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

  • Jul 13 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jul 14 Susan Howatch, English author
  • Jul 16 Tony Jackson, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 17 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)
  • Jul 17 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
  • Jul 18 James Brolin, actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Joseph Torre, outfield/manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP)
  • Jul 19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 19 Dennis Cole, actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 20 Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ (AL Rookie of Year 1964)
  • Jul 21 James E Clyburn, (Rep-D-South Carolina)

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Jul 22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Jul 22 Stan Ross, actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 Yuriy Klimov, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 22 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • Jul 23 Don Imus, radio disc jockey (WNBC)
  • Jul 23 Gary Stites, rock vocalist (Lonely For You)
  • Jul 24 Carroll A Campbell Jr, (Rep-R-SC, 1979-86)
  • Jul 24 Stanley Hauerwas, American theologian
  • Jul 24 Dan Hedaya, American actor
  • Jul 25 John Pennel, pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963)
  • Jul 26 Brian Mawhinney, chairman (British Conservative Party)
  • Jul 26 Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy's car passenger
  • Jul 26 Dobie Gray, Brookshire Texas, American singer (Drift Away)
  • Jul 26 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer
  • Jul 27 Pina Bausch, German dancer
  • Jul 28 Phil Proctor, comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • Jul 30 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum)
  • Jul 30 Patricia Schroeder, (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973- )
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, singer/actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 30 Pat Schroeder, American politician
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jaffe, producer (Fatal Attraction)
  • Aug 1 Joan Joyce, Waterbury Ct, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983)
  • Aug 1 Mervyn Kitchen, English cricketer and umpire, born in Nailsea, Somerset
  • Aug 2 Doris Kenner, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Aug 3 John W Carlin, (Gov-D-KS)
  • Aug 3 Joseph Dorfman, composer
  • Aug 3 Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas

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Aug 3 Martin Sheen, [Ramon Estevez], actor (Badlands, The West Wing), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • Aug 4 Karel Vachek, director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities)
  • Aug 4 Rosemarie "Timi" Yuro, US singer (Hurt)
  • Aug 4 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia
  • Aug 6 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 6 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • Aug 7 Marlyn Mason, San Fernando Cal, actress (Making It, Peyton Place)
  • Aug 7 Tom Barlow, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
  • Aug 7 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France, (d. 2014)
  • Aug 8 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)
  • Aug 9 Beverlee McKinsey, Oklahoma, actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light)
  • Aug 10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Aug 10 Bobby Hatfield, Wisc, rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody)
  • Aug 10 Richard Wells, Chief Constable (South Yorkshire)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, Darts Commentator for the PDC
  • Aug 11 Kip King, actor (Charlie & Company), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Alexander Yossifov, composer
  • Aug 12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • Aug 12 Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
  • Aug 13 Ann Armstrong Dailey, founder (Children's Hospice Intl)
  • Aug 13 Timothy Wood, British government asst whip
  • Aug 14 Dash Crofts, Cisco Tx, singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze)
  • Aug 14 Galen Hall, WLAF Head Coach (Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 15 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist
  • Aug 15 Rita Shane, American soprano
  • Aug 16 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • Aug 17 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • Aug 17 Thomas Williams, US, ice hockey play (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Aug 18 Joan Joyce, Waterbury CT, LPGA golfer (1984 S&H Golf Classic-6th)
  • Aug 19 Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
  • Aug 19 Jill St John, [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 19 Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 20 John Lantree, rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aug 20 Rex Sellers, Aust cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests)
  • Aug 20 Sam Melville, Utah, actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks)
  • Aug 20 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • Aug 21 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, physician, rheumatologist
  • Aug 21 Robert Camac, horse trainer
  • Aug 22 Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre, English publisher/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 22 David Vance, horse trainer
  • Aug 22 George Reinholt, actor (Steve-Another World, One Life to Live), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 22 John Banham, director-general (CBI)
  • Aug 23 Richard Sanders, actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Tony Bill, SD Cal, actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65)
  • Aug 24 Don Cormier Sr, horse trainer
  • Aug 24 Tony Secunda, rock band manager
  • Aug 24 Francine Lalonde, Quebec politician
  • Aug 25 Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Aug 26 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (d. 2008)
  • Aug 27 David Hart, gen-sect (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Aug 27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist
  • Aug 28 William S Cohen, (Sen-R Maine, 1979- )

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