What Happened in July 1940

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • Jul 2 Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
  • Jul 2 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 2 British PM Churchill meets Major General Bernard Montgomery

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jul 2 Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta
  • Jul 3 ARP-leader/ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
  • Jul 3 British Royal Navy damages the French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it
  • Jul 3 German occupiers forbid using Dutch royal names
  • Jul 4 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • Jul 5 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain and Vichy government in France
  • Jul 9 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 9 German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
  • Jul 10 Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attack shipping convoys in the English Channel
  • Jul 11 British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay
  • Jul 11 Marshall Henri Petain, French hero of World War One, becomes head of the collaborative Vichy government of France
  • Jul 12 Frederick McKinley Jones receives a patent for an air conditioning unit for trucks, helping to change long-haul carriage of food and blood
  • Jul 14 Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
  • Jul 14 Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
  • Jul 15 1st betatron placed in operation, Urbana, Illnois
  • Jul 15 Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
  • Jul 15 Physicist Donald Kerst becomes the first person to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction, reaching energies of 2.3 MeV, when his betatron device (for particle acceleration) becomes operational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jul 16 NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 18 Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 19 Adolf Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender
  • Jul 19 Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald
  • Jul 19 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films
  • Jul 20 Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
  • Jul 20 Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
  • Jul 20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
  • Jul 21 Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Jul 21 VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands
  • Jul 22 Dutch Prime minister Dirk Jan De Geer meets Adolf Hitler seeking peace talks
  • Jul 24 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
  • Jul 24 Linthorst Homan, de Quay and Einthoven form Dutch Union
  • Jul 25 John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi River
  • Jul 27 Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
  • Jul 27 Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery, Bob Givens (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Wild Hare"
  • Jul 28 Radio Orange begins broadcasting from London
  • Jul 28 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
  • Jul 29 SV. Urk Dutch soccer team forms
  • Jul 31 Riechskommissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Craig Brown, Scottish soccer player/manager/administrator (Scotland manager 1993-2001), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 2 Ken Clarke [Kenneth Harry Clarke], British Conservative politician, born in Nottinghamshire, England
  • Jul 3 Cesar Tovar, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Jul 3 Heather Steel, British judge
  • Jul 3 Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Jul 3 Lamar Alexander, American politician
  • Jul 4 Walter Greenman, horse trainer
  • Jul 4 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2003)
  • Jul 4 Karolyn Grimes, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 5 Karen Shepherd, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • Jul 5 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer
  • Jul 5 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 6 Viktor Kuzkin, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Jul 6 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
  • Jul 6 Jeannie Seely, American singer
  • Jul 7 James Toner, horse trainer
  • Jul 7 Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )

Person of interestRingo Starr

Jul 7 Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jul 8 Marcia Rodd, actress (Little Murders, T R Baskins)
  • Jul 9 John Salvito, rocker (Duprees)
  • Jul 10 Dawie [David Jacobus] de Villiers, South African minister of energy, born in Burgersdorp, Cape Province
  • Jul 10 Keith Stackpole, Australian cricketer (aggressive Australian opener 1966-74), born in Collingwood, Australia
  • Jul 10 Mills Watson, American actor (Harper Valley PTA, BJ & Bear), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 10 Helen Donath, American soprano, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 10 Tom Farmer, Scottish entrepreneur, born in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 11 Rafael Martinez, horse trainer
  • Jul 11 Terry Patchett, politician
  • Jul 11 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician

Person of interestPatrick Stewart

Jul 13 Patrick Stewart, English actor (Picard-Star Trek Next Generation, Charles Xavier-X-men), born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

  • Jul 13 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jul 14 Susan Howatch, English author
  • Jul 16 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), born in Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • Jul 17 Phyllis Davis, Port Arthur Tx, actress (Love American Style, Vega$)
  • Jul 17 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian
  • Jul 18 James Brolin, American actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Joe Torre, American baseball outfield and manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 18 Qaboos bin Said al Said, Omanis politician and Sultan of Oman (1970-present), born in Salalah, Oman
  • Jul 19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona], American singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 19 Dennis Cole, American actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Jul 20 Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ (AL Rookie of Year 1964)
  • Jul 21 James E Clyburn, (Rep-D-South Carolina)

Person of interestAlex Trebek

Jul 22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Jul 22 Stan Ross, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 Yuriy Klimov, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 22 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • Jul 23 Don Imus, American radio disc jockey (WNBC), born in Riverside, California
  • Jul 23 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist (Lonely For You), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 24 Carroll A Campbell Jr, (Rep-R-SC, 1979-86)
  • Jul 24 Stanley Hauerwas, American theologian
  • Jul 24 Dan Hedaya, American actor (Cheers, Marvin's Room, Clueless), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 25 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • Jul 26 Brian Mawhinney, British Conservative Party politician, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jul 26 Mary Jo Kopechne, American political campaign specialist and Ted Kennedy's car passenger, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • Jul 26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Jul 26 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer (Oi Erastes tou Oneirou), born in Kokkinia, Piraeus, Greece
  • Jul 26 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), born in Utica, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jul 27 Pina Bausch, German dancer and choreographer, born in Solingen, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Jul 28 Phil Proctor, comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • Jul 30 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum), born in Richmond, Surrey
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, American singer and actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 30 Pat Schroeder, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973-97), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jaffe, American producer (Fatal Attraction), born in New Rochelle, New York

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Actress Gertrude Lawrence (42) weds theater owner Richard Aldrich

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 22 Jacqueline Kennedy's parents John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III and Janet (Norton Lee) divorce


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
  • Jul 2 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 3 George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 10 Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
  • Jul 15 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jul 15 Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
  • Jul 19 Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • Jul 20 Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • Jul 28 Richard Ohlsson, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 31 Whitey Krakow [or Krakower], American gangster and hitman (Murder Inc), murdered by "Bugsy" Siegel