Historical Events in 1940 (Part 3)

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  • 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
  • Nov 20 Hungary joins 3 Power pact
  • Nov 20 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
  • Nov 21 Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands
  • Nov 22 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis
  • Nov 23 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
  • Nov 23 Romania signs Driemogendheden pact
  • Nov 23 SD arrested resistance fighter Bernard Iron wire
  • Nov 25 SS Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
  • Nov 25 U of Mich retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • Nov 25 Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock"
  • Nov 25 First flights of the de Havilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.
  • Nov 26 Leidse students strike
  • Nov 26 Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
  • Nov 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • Nov 28 Dutch law professor Rudolph Cleveringa arrested by nazis
  • Nov 30 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
  • Nov 30 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)
  • Dec 6 Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
  • Dec 6 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
  • Dec 7 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
  • Dec 7 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • Dec 7 The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
  • Dec 8 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
  • Dec 9 British assault on Benghazi, Libya: first major allied offensive in North Africa
  • Dec 9 Illeagal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
  • Dec 9 South Australia all out for 47 v NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
  • Dec 10 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
  • Dec 10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears

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Dec 11 Russian general Georgy Zhukov warns of German assault

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • Dec 12 British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
  • Dec 16 British air raid on Mannheim

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Dec 16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Dec 17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt

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Dec 20 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Dec 22 World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • Dec 23 John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" premieres in NYC

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Dec 25 Bradman out 1st ball for SA v Victoria before 6213

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 25 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • Dec 26 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC
  • Dec 28 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • Dec 29 Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
  • Dec 29 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
  • Dec 30 California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens
  • Dec 31 37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)