Historical Events in April 1940

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Apr 1 Filipino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language.

2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon
2nd President of the Philippines
Manuel L. Quezon
  • Apr 4 R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 5 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins

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Apr 7 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Apr 7 7th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 7 US Post Office issues first postage stamp of African American educator Book T. Washington
  • Apr 8 German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • Apr 9 German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
  • Apr 9 Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
  • Apr 10 Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
  • Apr 12 Italy annexes Albania
  • Apr 12 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • Apr 13 2nd battle of Narvik; 8 German destroyers destroyed
  • Apr 13 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 14 Allied troops land in Norway
  • Apr 14 RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia
  • Apr 15 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
  • Apr 16 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
  • Apr 16 Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
  • Apr 16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 19 "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
  • Apr 19 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
  • Apr 19 Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
  • Apr 20 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
  • Apr 21 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
  • Apr 21 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
  • Apr 22 Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
  • Apr 23 Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
  • Apr 23 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
  • Apr 27 Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Apr 28 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
  • Apr 28 SS-ObersturmbannfĂĽhrer (lieutenant colonel) Rudolf Höss (not Hess, diferent Nazi) becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
  • Apr 29 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
  • Apr 29 Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain
  • Apr 29 Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 30 Bkln Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0