What Happened in April 1940

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 5 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins
  • Apr 7 7th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
  • 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 Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway, and Denmark surrenders after a six-hour battle
  • Apr 10 Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
  • Apr 12 Italy annexes Albania
  • Apr 12 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • Apr 13 Second battle of Narvik; 3 German destroyers and one U-boat sunk by the Royal Navy, 5 more German destroyers scuttled.
  • Apr 13 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
  • 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 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
  • Apr 16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 19 "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls, New York
  • Apr 19 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
  • Apr 19 Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
  • Apr 20 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
  • Apr 21 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
  • Apr 21 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
  • Apr 22 Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
  • Apr 23 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Apr 23 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 28 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Apr 28 SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) Rudolf Höss (not Hess, diferent Nazi) becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
  • Apr 29 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
  • Apr 29 Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain
  • Apr 29 Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 30 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestWangari Maathai

Apr 1 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), born in Ihithe village, Kenya (d. 2011)

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • Apr 1 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • Apr 2 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Apr 2 Peter Haining, British writer and editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2007)
  • Apr 3 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • Apr 4 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)
  • Apr 4 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), born in Willemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Timofeyevich Isakov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Zilair, Russia
  • Apr 4 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • Apr 4 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • Apr 5 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • Apr 6 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • Apr 6 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Apr 7 Jan Wilhelm Morthenson, composer
  • Apr 7 Patricia Paay, Dutch singer (You are not hip)
  • Apr 8 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • Apr 9 Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 9 Jimmy [James] Roberts, NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Gloria Hunniford [Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford], British broadcaster and actress (Old Curiosity Shop), born in Portadown, Northern Ireland

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

Apr 12 Herbie Hancock, American pianist (I Thought it Was You), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • Apr 12 John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist, born in Goose Creek, Texas
  • Apr 13 Lester Chambers, Ms, vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today)
  • Apr 13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (d. 1988)
  • Apr 13 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 14 Patricia Bruder, American actress (Ellen-As the World Turns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Apr 15 Jeffrey Archer, England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)
  • Apr 15 Robert Walker Jr, American actor (Ceremony, Ms Don Juan, Ensign Pulver), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 15 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics
  • Apr 16 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Apr 16 Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys, British banker and deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd), born in England

Person of interestMargrethe II

Apr 16 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972 - present), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Queen of Denmark
Margrethe II
  • Apr 16 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 16 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec
  • Apr 17 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (When Will You Say I Love You), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • Apr 17 Anja Silja, German soprano
  • Apr 18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • Apr 18 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Princess (Monaco), born in Rome, Italy
  • Apr 18 Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)
  • Apr 18 Skip Stephenson, comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • Apr 19 Algy Cluff, CEO (Spectator, Cluff Resources)
  • Apr 19 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive)
  • Apr 20 James Gammon, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Nick-Nash Bridges), born in Newman, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Apr 20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer (I, John Cremer), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)
  • Apr 20 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Apr 20 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • Apr 21 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • Apr 22 Peter Goldstein, joint founder (Superdrug)
  • Apr 23 Richard Monaco, American sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 23 Michael Copps, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 24 Michael Parks, American actor (Tusk, Then Came Bronson), born in Corona California (d. 2017)
  • Apr 24 David Larter, Scottish cricketer (two-metre tall England pace bowler), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Apr 24 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2017)

Person of interestAl Pacino

Apr 25 Al Pacino, American actor (And Justice For All, The Godfather, Scorpio), born in NYC, New York

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • Apr 25 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Keep your arms around me), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Giorgio Moroder, producer/singer/songwriter (Cat People, Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • Apr 29 Brian Taber, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh)
  • Apr 30 Burt Young, American actor (Convoy, Rocky), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

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

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 6 Andres Isasi, composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 9 Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies
  • Apr 18 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • Apr 18 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, dies after being hit by a car during London blackout at 75
  • Apr 26 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65