On This Day

Historical Events in July 1940

  • 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
  • Jul 2 Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta
  • Jul 3 ARP-leader and Dutch 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

Historic Event

Jul 11 Marshall Philippe Pétain, French hero of World War I, becomes head of the Vichy collaborationist 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 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 in Urbana, Illinois

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 16 NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee

Presidential Convention

Jul 18 Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term

  • Jul 19 Adolf Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender - they decline
  • 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

#1 in the Charts

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 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time
  • 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