1940 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 440

  • Jan 3 WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
  • Jan 5 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • Jan 5 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • Jan 6 Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
  • Jan 7 Winter War: The Finish 9th Division defeats the Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road despite being significantly outnumbered
  • Jan 8 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • Jan 9 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
  • Jan 9 J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 12 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • Jan 15 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch merchant ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
  • Jan 21 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
  • Jan 25 Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • Jan 26 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • Jan 27 -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
  • Jan 30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
  • Jan 30 Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
  • Jan 30 Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
  • Jan 31 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • Jan 31 C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 1 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • Feb 5 Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • Feb 7 British railways nationalized
  • Feb 8 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • Feb 10 Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • Feb 14 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • Feb 16 British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • Feb 17 Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
  • Feb 22 Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • Feb 22 German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
  • Feb 23 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
  • Feb 24 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
  • Feb 25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • Feb 26 US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
  • Feb 27 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
  • Feb 28 Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
  • Feb 28 US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
  • Feb 29 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
  • Feb 29 Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
  • Feb 29 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
  • Mar 1 Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
  • Mar 2 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 2 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
  • Mar 3 Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 6 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • Mar 12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • Mar 13 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • Mar 14 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas

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Mar 15 Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 16 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

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Mar 18 Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 19 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
  • Mar 19 French government of Daladier falls
  • Mar 20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • Mar 23 All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
  • Mar 23 The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.

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Mar 26 Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

  • Mar 28 Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
  • Mar 31 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)

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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

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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 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 13 2nd battle of Narvik; 8 German destroyers destroyed
  • 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 Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
  • Apr 19 "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
  • Apr 19 Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
  • Apr 20 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
  • Apr 22 Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
  • Apr 27 Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Apr 28 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
  • Apr 28 SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) Rudolf Höss (not Hess, diferent Nazi) becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
  • Apr 29 Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain
  • Apr 29 Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC
  • May 1 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship
  • May 4 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
  • May 5 Norwegian government in exile forms in London

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May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)

  • May 10 British Local Defence Volunteers forms (later renamed the Home Guard)
  • May 10 Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
  • May 10 Dutch-Indies Gov Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
  • May 10 French marines stationed on Aruba
  • May 10 French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
  • May 10 Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg

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May 10 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • May 10 World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
  • May 11 NY World's Fair reopens
  • May 12 French marines occupy St Maarten
  • May 12 German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
  • May 12 Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 262

  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • Jan 5 General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8 Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 21 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 24 Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 28 Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 5 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • Feb 22 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • Feb 24 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
  • Feb 25 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Feb 25 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • Feb 27 Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • Feb 29 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • Mar 1 Robert Grossman, American illustrator
  • Mar 2 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Mar 3 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Mar 4 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • Mar 5 Mary Rose Oakar, (Rep)
  • Mar 7 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • Mar 7 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • Mar 7 Viktor Petrovich Savinykh, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-4, T-13, TM-5)
  • Mar 8 Leslie Isben Rogge, one of FBI's most wanted
  • Mar 10 David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)
  • Mar 15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • Mar 15 Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • Mar 16 Bernardo Bertolucci, Parma Italy, director (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Mar 16 Jan P Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Mar 16 Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Mar 17 Mark White, American politician
  • Mar 20 Gianpiero Moretti, Milan, Italy, steering wheel designer (Momo), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 22 William Ritchie, vice-chancellor (Lancaster U)
  • Mar 24 Bob Mackie, Monterey Parks California, designer (Streisand, Cher)
  • Mar 26 Bill Ind, Bishop-designate (Truro)
  • Mar 26 Nancy Pelosi, (Rep-D-California)
  • Mar 26 Servaes [J S] Huys, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Mar 31 Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )
  • Apr 1 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)
  • Apr 3 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • Apr 4 Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, London), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 4 Robby Mueller, cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Apr 6 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • Apr 9 Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 12 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist
  • Apr 15 Jeffrey Archer, England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)
  • Apr 15 Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics
  • Apr 16 Lord Camoys, deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • Apr 16 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972- )
  • Apr 16 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian politician
  • Apr 18 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Princess (Monaco), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 18 Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)
  • Apr 19 Algy Cluff, CEO (Spectator, Cluff Resources)
  • Apr 20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer/sculptor (I, John Cremer)
  • Apr 20 Pilar Miro, director (Wether, Beltenebros)
  • Apr 21 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • Apr 22 Peter Goldstein, joint founder (Superdrug)
  • Apr 23 Richard Monaco, US, sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest)
  • Apr 23 Michael Copps, American Federal Government official
  • Apr 24 Sue Grafton, American author
  • May 1 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • May 2 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • May 3 David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • May 4 Dick Curl, Chester Pa, offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 4 Robin Cook, American novelist
  • May 6 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • May 7 Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (d. 1992)
  • May 7 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • May 8 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

Weddings in History

  • Jan 2 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 25 1st parachute wedding: Reverend Homer Tomlinson marries Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward while all are suspended in parachutes.

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1 Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 7 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Painter Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 22 Jacqueline Kennedy's parents John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III and Janet (Norton Lee) divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 4 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • Jan 5 Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • Jan 5 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • Jan 12 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • Jan 18 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • Jan 20 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
  • Jan 25 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 31 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • Feb 1 Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 4 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 9 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • Feb 11 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 27 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • Feb 28 Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • Feb 29 Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
  • Mar 1 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 10 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)

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Mar 16 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • Apr 18 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • Apr 18 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, dies
  • Apr 26 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65

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May 3 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • May 7 George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • May 10 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • May 14 Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • May 14 Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
  • May 14 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • May 14 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • May 15 Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • May 15 Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • May 20 Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
  • May 23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • May 28 Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 30 Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104
  • Jun 2 Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies
  • Jun 16 DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • Jun 21 Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • Jun 21 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • Jun 21 W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
  • Jun 22 Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
  • Jun 22 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 28 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
  • Jun 29 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • Jul 2 Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
  • Jul 15 Donald Calthrop, dies at 52
  • Jul 15 Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
  • Jul 19 Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • Jul 20 Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • Jul 31 Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • Aug 5 Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75
  • Aug 17 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • Aug 18 Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)

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Aug 21 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Aug 21 Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • Aug 22 Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • Aug 24 Paul G Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80

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Aug 30 J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)

Physicist J. J. Thomson
J. J. Thomson
  • Aug 31 Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • Sep 3 Otto V Ekelund, Swedish poet/writer (Hafvets Stjorna), dies at 59
  • Sep 7 Edmund Rumpler, Austria auto/airplane builder, dies
  • Sep 15 Dick Ket, Dutch painter/cartoonist, dies at 37
  • Sep 26 Walter Benjamin, writer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27 Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • Oct 5 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (b. 1859)
  • Oct 5 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • Oct 8 Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Wilfred Grenfell, English medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador (b. 1865).
  • Oct 11 Lluís Companys, President of Generalitat of Catalonia (shot) (b. 1882)
  • Oct 11 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • Oct 18 Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • Oct 20 Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • Oct 21 William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)
  • Oct 24 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism) dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 4 Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), dies of a heart attack at 60 while in exile in France

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña

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Nov 9 Arthur Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (1937-40), dies of bowel cancer at 71

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • Nov 9 Stephen Peter Alencastre, Portuguese Catholic prelate (b. 1876)
  • Nov 17 Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • Nov 17 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • Nov 22 Waclaw Berent, Polish novelist, dies at 67
  • Nov 28 Nicolae Iorga, author/president of Romania, murdered by fascist
  • Dec 5 Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 8 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
  • Dec 9 Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 13 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (b. 1851)
  • Dec 16 M Eugene F T Dubois, geologist/paleontologist (Wadjakmens), dies
  • Dec 17 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)

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Dec 21 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • Dec 22 Nathanael West, [Weinstein], US writer (Cool Million), dies at 37