On This Day

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

Election of Interest

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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • Nov 10 Pittsburgh Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Steelers win 7-3 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

Film & TV History

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.

  • 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 North American midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
  • Nov 13 Walt Disney's animated film "Fantasia", starring Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, premieres at the Broadway Theatre, New York City
  • 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

'Hitler Will Have to Break Us or Lose the War'

Nov 24 The Blitz: Luftwaffe bombs Bristol city centre, killing 200 people in the first German raid on the city

  • Nov 25 Nazi Intelligence agency Sicherheitsdienst (SD) arrests Dutch resistance fighter Bernard Ijzerdraat, founder of De Geuzen
  • Nov 25 SS Patria carrying illegal immigrants sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die

Sports History

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 CFL Grey Cup (Game 1), Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 8-2