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Events in History in 1940 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 417 of 417

  • Dec 6 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
  • Dec 7 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • Dec 7 The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
  • Dec 9 British assault on Benghazi, Libya: first major allied offensive in North Africa
  • Dec 9 Illegal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
  • Dec 9 South Australia all out for 47 v NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
  • Dec 10 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Russian general Georgy Zhukov warns of German assault

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • Dec 12 British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
  • Dec 16 British air raid on Mannheim
  • Dec 17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt
  • Dec 22 World War II: HimarĂ« is captured by the Greek army.
  • Dec 23 John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 25 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC

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

Dec 29 Worst German air raid on London as over 10,000 bombs including the 1st incendiary bombs are dropped on the city as part of the Blitz

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Buckingham Palace is bombed. Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth inspect the damage. Photo: NPA Rota
Buckingham Palace is bombed. Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth inspect the damage. Photo: NPA Rota
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  • Dec 30 California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens