Historical Events in November 1940

  • 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

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Nov 5 Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Nov 5 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 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

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Nov 8 RAF bombs Munich, Adolf Hitler promises "an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 10 Pittsburgh & Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game

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Nov 10 Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 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 13 "Fantasia" animated film by Walt Disney, starring Leopold Stokowski and Deems Taylor, is released
  • 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 17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • 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 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers
  • Nov 21 Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands
  • Nov 22 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis
  • Nov 23 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
  • Nov 23 Romania signs Tripartite Pact
  • Nov 23 SD arrested resistance fighter Bernard Iron wire
  • Nov 25 SS Patria carrying illegal immigrants sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
  • Nov 25 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • Nov 25 Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock"
  • Nov 25 First flights of the de Havilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.
  • Nov 26 Leidse students strike
  • Nov 26 Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
  • Nov 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • Nov 28 Dutch law professor Rudolph Cleveringa arrested by nazis
  • Nov 30 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2