Historical Events in 1940 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 533

  • Jun 4 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • Jun 4 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)

Miracle of Dunkirk

Jun 4 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

Historic Event

Jun 4 Winston Churchill's speech "We shall fight on the seas and oceans"

  • Jun 5 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited in Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Jun 5 American Negro Theater organizes
  • Jun 5 Battle of France begins in WW II

Historic Event

Jun 5 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

  • Jun 5 General Von Bock starts a German offensive in the Somme
  • Jun 5 Governor of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • Jun 5 Netherlands rations petroleum
  • Jun 7 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • Jun 8 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 8 Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
  • Jun 8 Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
  • Jun 9 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill

US Golf Open

Jun 9 US Open Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Lawson Little defeats Gene Sarazen by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only professional major title

  • Jun 10 Canada declares war on Italy
  • Jun 10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • Jun 10 German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker
  • Jun 10 German 5th Armoured division occupies Rouen
  • Jun 10 Italy declares war on France and Great Britain as part of its Axis alliance with Nazi Germany
  • Jun 10 Norway surrenders to Nazi Germany after 62 days of fighting
  • Jun 11 British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
  • Jun 11 Italy declares war on Allies
  • Jun 11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy
  • Jun 11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta
  • Jun 13 Paris evacuates before German advance

Historic Event

Jun 14 Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs, later expanded to include civilian Jews and gypsies (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)

  • Jun 14 German forces enter Paris during WWII
  • Jun 14 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
  • Jun 15 38 Italian Fiat bombers bomb Luc-en-Province
  • Jun 15 Bread & flour rationed in Holland
  • Jun 15 Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
  • Jun 15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • Jun 16 Communist government installed in Lithuania
  • Jun 16 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • Jun 17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • Jun 17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • Jun 17 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • Jun 17 USSR occupies Estonia
  • Jun 17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Jun 18 General Charles de Gaulle makes his first speech on the BBC to the French people, since arriving in London, an appeal to defy Nazi occupiers - regarded as the beginning of French Resistance during WWII
  • Jun 18 German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs and chickens
  • Jun 18 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

Historic Event

Jun 19 German 7th Armoured division under command of Rommel occupies Cherbourg

Historic Event

Jun 19 Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses and ships

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 20 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 21 German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
  • Jun 21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 22 1st Dairy Queen restaurant opened, in Joliet, Illinois
  • Jun 22 About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII
  • Jun 22 France surrenders to Nazi Germany, with the northern half of the country occupied and the south established as the Nazi client state Vichy France
  • Jun 22 SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands

Historic Event

Jun 23 After conquering France, Adolf Hitler visits Paris and views the Eiffel Tower and the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Jun 23 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
  • Jun 23 RAF bombs Schiphol, Netherlands
  • Jun 24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
  • Jun 26 End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
  • Jun 27 Soviet Army attacks Romania

Gregory Conquers Julius Caesar

Jun 27 USSR returns to the Gregorian calendar, using Sunday as a rest day, after 6 years using a Russian six-day calendar

  • Jun 28 "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
  • Jun 28 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
  • Jun 29 Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
  • Jun 29 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
  • Jun 29 US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
  • Jun 30 "Brenda Starr, Reporter", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, Dale [Dalia] Messick, begins as a comic-book supplement to Chicago's Sunday Tribune
  • Jun 30 German troops begin the invasion of the undefended Channel Islands
  • Jun 30 US Fish and Wildlife Service forms
  • Jul 1 Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • Jul 2 Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
  • Jul 2 Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta
  • Jul 2 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
  • 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
  • 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

#1 in the Charts

Jul 20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart - "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey, with vocal by Frank Sinatra is #1

  • Jul 20 Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
  • Jul 20 Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
  • 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
  • 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 in France impose censorship rules on film, requiring approval prior to exhibition, and forbidding depiction of German losses in WWI
  • 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 6 German occupiers in Belgium impose censorship rules on film making and exhibition
  • Aug 7 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • 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 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
  • 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

  • Aug 17 Adolf Hitler orders a total blockade of Great Britain
  • Aug 17 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
  • 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
  • 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 Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor
  • Aug 26 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • 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 German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap rationing
  • Aug 31 RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe's 41
  • Aug 31 US National Guard assembles
  • Sep 2 Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated

PGA Championship

Sep 2 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hershey CC: Byron Nelson wins his first PGA C'ship, beating Sam Snead 1 up in the Monday 36-hole final

  • Sep 3 39.4 cm rainfall at Sapulpa, Oklahoma (state record)
  • Sep 3 Adolf Hitler orders an invasion of Great Britain for Sept 21 (Operation Seelöwe/Sealion)
  • Sep 3 Dutch government in exile of Gerbrandy forms in London
  • Sep 3 Sicherheits police bans Free masons, Rotary & Red Cross
  • Sep 3 US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
  • Sep 4 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • Sep 4 Gerbrandy becomes premier of Dutch government in exile
  • Sep 4 Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Netherlands in Hitler's hands
  • Sep 6 Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
  • Sep 6 Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France

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

Sep 7 Beginning of the Blitz as the German Luftwaffe bomb London for the 1st of 57 consecutive nights losing 41 bombers as the Nazis prepare to invade Britain

  • Sep 7 Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria
  • Sep 9 28 German aircraft shot down above England

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Donald McNeill beats fellow American Bobby Riggs 4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 for his second major singles title

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-2, 6-3 for her third US singles title

  • Sep 10 Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb in London
  • Sep 11 -12] Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs
  • Sep 11 54th US Postmaster General: Frank C. Walker of Pennsylvania takes office
  • Sep 11 Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS
  • Sep 11 George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer
  • Sep 11 Nazi Germany begins Operation Seelöwe (Sealion - aborted invasion of England)
  • Sep 12 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)

Dog Unearths Cave of Antiquity

Sep 12 Four teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux, France discover 17,000 year old drawings now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings

  • Sep 12 Italian troops enter Egypt
  • Sep 13 Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs
  • Sep 13 Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
  • Sep 14 German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; hundreds die
  • Sep 14 US Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • Sep 15 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • Sep 15 Battle of Britain Day: climax of the Battle of Britain, tide begins to turn as the Royal Air Force repulses a major Luftwaffe attack, losing 29 aircraft to the Germans' 57-61
  • Sep 15 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
  • Sep 15 UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits Royal Air Force 11th Fighter Group on what would be the fiercest day of the Battle of Britain
  • Sep 16 FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

Sports History

Sep 16 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"

  • Sep 16 Luftwaffe attacks central London
  • Sep 16 Samuel T Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives
  • Sep 16 St Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to HR from each side of plate
  • Sep 17 Adolf Hitler indefinitely postpones Operation Sealion, the planned German invasion of Great Britain
  • Sep 17 Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
  • Sep 18 19 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Sep 18 Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda" premieres in NYC