April 1940 in History

Events in History

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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

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

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

Deaths in History

  • 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