January 1940 in History

Events in History

  • 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 C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • 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 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

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 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.

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