October 1940 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
  • Oct 2 17 German aircraft shot down over England
  • Oct 2 British Council receives Royal Charter
  • Oct 2 British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • Oct 3 France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • Oct 3 US forms parachute troops
  • Oct 4 12 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Oct 4 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • Oct 6 Zoological Gardens opens at Sloat & Skyline Boulevards in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 7 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • Oct 8 German troops occupies Romania
  • Oct 15 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • Oct 15 London's Waterloo Station bombed by German luftwaffe
  • Oct 16 Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is promoted to brigadier general, the first African-American person to become a general in the US military
  • Oct 17 German occupiers issue identity cards
  • Oct 18 Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Cheese rationed in the Netherlands
  • Oct 20 Greenhouse rationing begins in the Netherlands
  • Oct 21 RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
  • Oct 24 Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
  • Oct 24 US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect - minimum wage, 44 hr week
  • Oct 25 Benjamin O Davis Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army
  • Oct 26 The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • Oct 28 Greece successfully resists Italy's attack
  • Oct 28 Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Florence, Italy
  • Oct 29 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson draws the 1st number - #158 - in the 1st peacetime military draft in US history
  • Oct 31 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends with a British victory

Historic Event

Oct 31 Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into the Warsaw Ghetto


Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Richard F Pieternella, Dutch Antilles' minister plenipotentiary
  • Oct 2 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2015)
  • Oct 4 Alberto Vilar, Cuban-American investor and philanthropist
  • Oct 6 Boris Dmitriyevich Andreyev, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2021)
  • Oct 6 John Warnock, American computer scientist, and businessman (co-founder of Adobe Systems), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct 6 Wyche Fowler Jr, American attorney and politician (US Representative-D-GA, 1977-87; US Senator from Georgia, 1987-93), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 7 Bruce F. Vento, American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1977-2000), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • Oct 7 Richard H. Stallings, American politician (Rep-D-ID, 1985-93), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Oct 9 Gordon J. Humphrey, US Senator (R) New Hampshire (1979-90), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • Oct 15 Peter C. Doherty, Australian immunologist and veterinary surgeon (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Oct 17 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner (Stringfellows), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2018)
  • Oct 20 Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Oct 21 Don Ritter, American politician (Rep-R-PA, 1979-93), born in New York City
  • Oct 21 Frances FitzGerald, American journalist/author (Fire in the Lake), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 24 David Sainsbury, English billionaire and founder (Dutch Soc-Dem)
  • Oct 26 Gennadi Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-8, T-11, TM-21), born in Mytishchi, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • Oct 26 Mario Orozco, 1st victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)

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Oct 27 American mafia gangster and head of the Gambino family, born in The Bronx, New York

  • Oct 27 Maxine Hong Kingston, American author (The Woman Warrior), born in Stockton, California
  • Oct 29 Connie Mack III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Florida), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 29 Galen Weston, English-Canadian multi-millionaire industrialist, born in Marlow, England
  • Oct 29 José Ulises Macías Salcedo, Catholic bishop, born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • Oct 5 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher and politician, dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and astrophysicist (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Wilfred Grenfell, British medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador, dies at 75
  • Oct 11 Lluís Companys, Spanish politician, 123rd President of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1933-40), shot at 58
  • Oct 11 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist, dies at 80
  • Oct 18 Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • Oct 20 Gunnar Asplund, Swedish modernist architect (The Woodland Crematorium), dies at 55
  • Oct 21 William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)
  • Oct 24 Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism), dies at 75