Historical Events in July 1940

  • Jul 1 Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • Jul 2 Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jul 2 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 2 British PM Churchill meets Major General Bernard Montgomery

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jul 2 Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.
  • Jul 3 ARP-leader/ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
  • Jul 3 British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it.
  • Jul 3 German occupiers forbid using Dutch royal names
  • Jul 4 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • Jul 5 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy government in France
  • Jul 9 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 9 German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
  • Jul 10 Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attack shipping convoys in the English Channel
  • Jul 11 British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay
  • Jul 11 Marshall Henri Petain, French hero of World War One, becomes head of the collaborative Vichy government of France.
  • Jul 12 Frederick McKinley Jones receives a patent for an air conditioning unit for trucks, helping to change long-haul carriage of food and blood
  • Jul 14 Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
  • Jul 14 Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
  • Jul 15 1st betatron placed in operation, Urbana, Il
  • Jul 15 Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
  • Jul 15 Physicist Donald Kerst becomes the first person to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction, reaching energies of 2.3 MeV, when his betatron device (for particle acceleration) becomes operational
  • Jul 16 NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 18 Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 19 Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender
  • Jul 19 Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald
  • Jul 19 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films
  • 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
  • Jul 22 Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks
  • 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 Riechskommissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals