December 1940 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 6 Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
  • Dec 6 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
  • Dec 7 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • Dec 7 The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
  • Dec 9 British assault on Benghazi, Libya: first major allied offensive in North Africa
  • Dec 9 Illegal 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Dec 17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt
  • Dec 22 World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • Dec 23 John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 25 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC
  • Dec 29 Germany drops its 1st incendiary bombs on London during the Blitz
  • Dec 30 California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
  • Dec 4 Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)
  • Dec 5 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer
  • Dec 6 Lawrence Bergman, Quebec politician
  • Dec 7 Kumar Shahani, writer/director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan)
  • Dec 10 William Fred Dempster, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 12 Sharad Pawar, Indian politician
  • Dec 14 Lex Gold, Scottish football administrator
  • Dec 17 Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
  • Dec 18 Bramwell Morrison, member of Sharon, Lois & Bram
  • Dec 23 Robert Labine, French-Canadian politician
  • Dec 24 Anthony Fauci, US health official
  • Dec 25 Frans Moor, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Dec 26 Harmen Siezen, Dutch TV-journal host
  • Dec 26 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 29 Brigitte Kronauer, writer
  • Dec 31 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

Deaths in History

  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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