November 1940 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 8 RAF bombs Munich, Hitler promises "an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished."

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 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 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 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 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 Tripartite 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 Football team University of Michigan 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 28 Dutch law professor Rudolph Cleveringa arrested by nazis

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 1 Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, Chief Justice of India
  • Nov 2 Gigi Proletti, Italian entertainer
  • Nov 6 Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President and President of the American Jewish World Service
  • Nov 6 Dieter F. Uchtdorf, LDS apostle
  • Nov 7 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian
  • Nov 12 Ria Lubbers, wife of Dutch premier Ruud Lubbers
  • Nov 12 Michel Audet, Quebec economist and politician
  • Nov 12 Jürgen Todenhöfer, German politician
  • Nov 18 Qaboos bin Sa'id, Sultan of Oman
  • Nov 20 Helma Sanders-Brahms, Emden Germany, director (Apple Trees, Manoever)
  • Nov 21 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • Nov 21 Richard Marcinko, American author
  • Nov 24 Don Metz, American architect
  • Nov 24 Eric Wilson, Canadian children's author.
  • Nov 25 Richard Furrer, Worgl Germany, astronaut (STS 22)
  • Nov 30 Glenn English, (Rep-D-OK, 1975- )

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and 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


Divorces in History


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


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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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