1940 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 430

  • Sep 11 Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS

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Sep 11 Hitler begins operation Seelöwe (Sealion - aborted invasion England)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Sep 11 George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.
  • Sep 12 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)
  • Sep 12 Italian troops enter Egypt
  • Sep 12 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • Sep 13 Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs
  • Sep 13 Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
  • Sep 14 US Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • Sep 14 German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; hundreds die
  • Sep 15 Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company

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Sep 15 PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group, RAF

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Sep 15 Climax of the Battle of Britain, tide turns as Luftwaffe loses 56 aircraft, RAF 28

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Sep 16 FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Sep 16 Luftwaffe attacks central London
  • Sep 16 Samuel T Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives
  • Sep 16 St Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to HR from each side of plate
  • Sep 17 Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
  • Sep 18 19 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Sep 18 Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 18 Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
  • Sep 19 Nazi decree forbids gentile woman to work in Jewish homes

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Sep 19 Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • Sep 23 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
  • Sep 23 Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler
  • Sep 24 Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career HR
  • Sep 24 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton
  • Sep 25 German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
  • Sep 26 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton for second time
  • Sep 26 Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
  • Sep 26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
  • Sep 27 55 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Sep 27 Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces
  • Sep 27 Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller
  • Sep 27 Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
  • Sep 27 Yankees, lose to A's & eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935
  • Sep 28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
  • Sep 28 Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
  • Sep 28 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
  • Sep 29 "Double or Nothing", a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
  • Sep 29 "Strike Up the Band" opens

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Sep 29 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Sep 30 47 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Oct 1 Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
  • Oct 2 17 German aircraft shot down over England
  • Oct 2 British Council receives Royal Charter
  • Oct 2 British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • Oct 3 France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • Oct 3 US forms parachute troops
  • Oct 4 12 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Oct 4 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps

  • Oct 4 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • Oct 4 Wrestling returns to Madison Square Garden after 12 year lay off
  • Oct 6 Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat & Skyline in SF
  • Oct 7 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • Oct 8 German troops occupies Romania
  • Oct 14 Balham tube disaster during the Blitz.
  • Oct 15 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • Oct 15 London's Waterloo Station bombed by German luftwaffe
  • Oct 16 Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is promoted to brigadier general, the first African-American person to become a general in the US military
  • Oct 16 Warsaw Ghetto is formed by German Governor-General Hans Frank
  • Oct 17 German occupiers issue identity cards
  • Oct 18 Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Cheese rationed in Netherlands
  • Oct 20 Greenhouse rationing begins in Netherlands
  • Oct 21 RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
  • Oct 24 US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect - minimum wage, 44 hr week
  • Oct 24 Hitler meets Marshal Pétain
  • Oct 24 Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
  • Oct 25 Benjamin O Davis Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army
  • Oct 26 The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • Oct 28 Greece successfully resists Italy's attack
  • Oct 28 Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Florence
  • Oct 29 Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
  • Oct 29 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson drew 1st number-258-in 1st peacetime military draft in US history
  • Oct 31 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends
  • Oct 31 Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into the Warsaw Ghetto
  • 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
  • Nov 5 US President FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)
  • 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
  • Nov 8 RAF bombs Munich, Hitler promises "an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished."
  • 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.

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