Historical Events in 1940 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 545

  • Jun 1 Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard
  • Jun 2 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
  • Jun 3 Last British & French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • Jun 4 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
  • Jun 4 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • Jun 4 British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 4 Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jun 5 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
  • Jun 5 American Negro Theater organizes
  • Jun 5 Battle of France begins in WW II
  • Jun 5 General Von Bock starts a German offensive in the Somme

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 5 Gov of Suriname & Neth Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • Jun 5 Netherlands rations petroleum
  • Jun 7 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • Jun 8 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 8 Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
  • Jun 8 Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
  • Jun 9 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury GC OH
  • Jun 9 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
  • Jun 9 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
  • Jun 10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • Jun 10 German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker
  • Jun 10 German 5th Armoured division occupies Rouen
  • Jun 10 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
  • Jun 10 Norway surrenders to Nazis
  • Jun 10 Canada declares war on Italy.
  • Jun 11 Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
  • Jun 11 British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
  • Jun 11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
  • Jun 11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
  • Jun 13 Paris evacuates before German advance
  • Jun 14 German forces enter Paris during WWII
  • Jun 14 Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)
  • Jun 14 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
  • Jun 15 38 Italian Fiat bombers bomb Luc-en-Province
  • Jun 15 Bread & flour rationed in Holland
  • Jun 15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • Jun 15 Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
  • Jun 16 Communist government installed in Lithuania
  • Jun 16 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • Jun 17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • Jun 17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • Jun 17 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • Jun 17 USSR occupies Estonia
  • Jun 17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • Jun 18 Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers
  • Jun 18 German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs & chickens
  • Jun 18 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons
  • Jun 19 "Brenda Starr", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 German 7th Armoured division under command of Rommel occupies Cherbourg

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 20 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 21 German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
  • Jun 21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Jun 22 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • Jun 22 SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands
  • Jun 22 About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII
  • Jun 23 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
  • Jun 23 RAF bombs Schiphol, Netherlands
  • Jun 24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower & grave of Napoleon in Paris, France

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jun 26 End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
  • Jun 27 Soviet Army attacks Romania
  • Jun 27 USSR returns to Gregorian calendar
  • Jun 28 "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
  • Jun 28 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
  • Jun 29 Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
  • Jun 29 US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
  • Jun 29 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
  • Jun 30 "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
  • Jun 30 58 U-boats (284,000 ton) sunk this month
  • Jun 30 US Fish & Wildlife Service forms
  • Jun 30 German troops begin the invasion of the undefended Channel Islands.
  • Jul 1 Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • Jul 2 Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
  • Jul 2 Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)
  • Jul 2 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated

Event of interestEvent 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 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 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
  • Jul 31 Riechskommissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals
  • Aug 2 Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death
  • 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
  • Aug 13 Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)
  • 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
  • Aug 17 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
  • 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
  • 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"

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