On This Day

Historical Events in August 1940

Historic Event

Aug 2 Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death

  • Aug 2 KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
  • Aug 3 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
  • Aug 3 Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • Aug 3 Lithuanian SSR is accepted into USSR
  • Aug 3 Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight to the US
  • Aug 5 "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagogue
  • Aug 5 St Louis Brown's pitcher John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings (rain shortened)
  • Aug 6 Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
  • Aug 7 Churchill recognizes De Gaulle's French government in exile
  • Aug 7 Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
  • Aug 7 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • Aug 8 31 German aircraft shot down over England

Historic Event

Aug 8 The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.

  • Aug 10 Dutch Prince Bernhard Fund forms
  • Aug 11 38 German aircraft shot down over England
  • Aug 11 German air raid on British ports Portland and Weymouth
  • Aug 12 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
  • Aug 12 Netherlands starts rationing textiles

Battle of Interest

Aug 13 Battle of Britain: Hermann Goering's "Adlertag" (Eagle Day) offensive happens, intending to destroy the Royal Air Force; 47-48 German aircraft shot down, the RAF loses 25 planes

  • Aug 14 Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
  • Aug 15 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazis)
  • Aug 15 Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircraft damaged
  • Aug 16 45 German aircraft shot down over England

Historic Event

Aug 16 Pioneering 'Blood for Britain' program sending blood plasma for WWII wounded from the US, headed by Charles R. Drew, officially begins in Britain

Agreement of Interest

Aug 17 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission

Historic Event

Aug 17 Adolf Hitler orders a total blockade of Great Britain

  • Aug 18 Battle of Britain: The air battle known as "The Hardest Day" occurs; Luftwaffe lose approximately 69 aircraft and the RAF lose 68 in one of the largest ever air battles
  • Aug 20 1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain

Historic Event

Aug 20 British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

Murder of Interest

Aug 20 Louis Buchalter is indicted on murder charges in Los Angeles for the killing of Harry Greenberg, a mob associate of casino owner Meyer Lansky and mobster Bugsy Siegel

  • Aug 23 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
  • Aug 24 Luftwaffe bombs London

Sports History

Aug 24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

  • Aug 25 First British night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • Aug 25 Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
  • Aug 26 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • Aug 26 Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor
  • Aug 27 Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
  • Aug 28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • Aug 29 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
  • Aug 31 1st edition of illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • Aug 31 RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe's 41
  • Aug 31 German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap rationing
  • Aug 31 US National Guard assembles