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1940Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

1940Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"

1940"The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.

1940Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks

1940Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death

1940Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler

1940Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps

1940France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris during WWII

1940General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill

1940Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

1940Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships

194023rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa

1940Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Netherlands in Hitler's hands

1940Pres FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)

1940Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

1940PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group

1940Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower & grave of Napoleon in France

194054th US Women's Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (6-2 6-3)

1940Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

1940Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

1940British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris

1940Bradman out 1st ball for SA v Victoria before 6213

1940Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)

1940Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title

1940Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia

1940Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)

1940Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.

1940Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Wash Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

1940Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

19401st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky

1940Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat

1940Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.

1940Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term

1940British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans

1940Franklin Roosevelt re-elected US President

1940Hitler begins operation Seelöwe (Sealion - aborted invasion England)

1940Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"

1940Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC

1940FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)

1940Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans"

1940Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)

1940Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

1940Hitler orders invasion in England on Sept 21 (Operation Seelöwe/Sealion)

1940Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1940Meeting between Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Florence

1940Walt Disney's "Fantasia" released

1940Hitler meets Marshal Pétain

1940Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to meet with Marshal August Pétain who announces he is willing to make a seperate peace with Germany

1940Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

1940Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

1940Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC)

1940Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler

1940Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1940UK Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city

1940Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

19401st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)

1940Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

1940Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

1940General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

1940Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender

19401st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

1940Louis 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

1940German 7th Armoured division under command of Rommel occupies Cherbourg

1940Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers

1940 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 3
WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV 
Jan 5
FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal 
Jan 5
Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia 
Jan 6
Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau. 
Jan 8
Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar) 
Jan 8
World War II: Britain introduces food rationing. 
Jan 9
2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium 
Jan 9
J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal," premieres in NYC 
Jan 11
Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet premieres in Leningrad 
Jan 12
World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland. 
Jan 14
Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers 
Jan 14
NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7 
Jan 15
German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church) 
Jan 21
Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship 
Jan 22
1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS 
Jan 23
Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile 
Jan 25
Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland 
Jan 26
Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains 
Jan 27
-17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record) 
Jan 30
Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London 
Jan 30
Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race 
Jan 30
Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win 
Jan 31
40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton) 
Jan 31
C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children," premieres in NYC 
Feb 1
Russia begins new offensive against Finland 
Feb 1
NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas. 
Feb 2
Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch) 
Feb 5
Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander 
Feb 5
Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction" 
Feb 7
British railroads nationalized 
Feb 7
Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC) 
Feb 8
Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show," premieres in NYC 
Feb 8
Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland 
Feb 9
Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Feb 10
"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1 
Feb 10
Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM 
Feb 10
US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer 
Feb 10
US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner 
Feb 13
Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA 
Feb 14
British merchant vessel fleet is armed 
Feb 16
British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway 
Feb 17
Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia 
Feb 17
Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass. 
Feb 20
Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues" 
Feb 22
Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island 
Feb 22
German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578 
Feb 23
Russian troops conquer Lasi Island 
Feb 23
Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released 
Feb 24
Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star" 
Feb 25
1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians) 
Feb 26
US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY 
Feb 27
Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 
Feb 28
1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37) 
Feb 28
Richard Wright's "Native Son" published 
Feb 28
US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%)) 
Feb 29
45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton) 
Feb 29
Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate 
Feb 29
"Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars 
Feb 29
Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar 
Feb 29
12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind," Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win 
Feb 29
Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations 
Mar 1
Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published 
Mar 2
1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC 
Mar 2
Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland 
Mar 3
Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label 
Mar 6
1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC 
Mar 7
Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home 
Mar 7
Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ 
Mar 10
1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci 
Mar 12
Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus 
Mar 13
Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische 
Mar 14
27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas 
Mar 15
Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest 
Mar 16
German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow 
Mar 18
Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain 
Mar 19
Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt 
Mar 19
French government of Daladier falls 
Mar 20
Paul Reynoud becomes French premier 
Mar 23
1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS 
Mar 23
All-India-Moslem League calls for a Moslem homeland 
Mar 23
The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League. 
Mar 26
Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC 
Mar 28
Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. 
Mar 29
Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 30
2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42 
Mar 31
Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956) 
Apr 1
Filippino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language. 
Apr 4
R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC 
Apr 7
1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington
Apr 7
7th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 8
German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious 
Apr 9
German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die 
Apr 9
Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders) 
Apr 10
Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government" 
Apr 12
Italy annexes Albania 
Apr 12
NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards 
Apr 13
2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed 
Apr 13
Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft 
Apr 13
Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2 
Apr 14
Allied troops land in Norway 
Apr 14
RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia 
Apr 15
British troops land at Narvik, Norway 
Apr 16
1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition) 
Apr 16
Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0 
Apr 16
Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro 
Apr 19
"Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY 
Apr 19
44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6 
Apr 19
Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege 
Apr 20
1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa 
Apr 21
1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio 
Apr 21
Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer 
Apr 22
Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable 
Apr 23
Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss) 
Apr 23
NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert 
Apr 27
Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp 
Apr 28
Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000" 
Apr 28
Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz 
Apr 29
1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS 
Apr 29
Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain 
Apr 29
Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC 
Apr 30
Bkln Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cin Reds, 3-0 
May 1
140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship 
May 1
The 1940 Olympics are cancelled 
May 4
21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands 
May 4
66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05 
May 5
Norwegian government in exile forms in London 
May 6
Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) 
May 10
British Local Defence Volunteers forms (later renamed the Home Guard) 
May 10
Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks 
May 10
Dutch-Indies Gov Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege 
May 10
French marines stationed on Aruba 
May 10
French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands 
May 10
Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg 
May 10
Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister 
May 10
World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent. 
May 11
66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6 
May 11
NY World's Fair reopens 
May 12
French mariners occupy St Maarten 
May 12
German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug 
May 12
Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River 
May 13
British bomb factory at Breda 
May 13
Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat 
May 13
Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England 
May 13
German breakthrough at Grebbelinie 
May 14
Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England 
May 14
Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof 
May 14
German breakthrough at Sedan 
May 14
Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production 
May 14
Nazis bomb Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrenders to Germany 
May 15
German armoured division moves into Northern France 
May 15
German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders 
May 15
Nazis capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP) 
May 15
USS Sailfish (SS-192) recomisioned, origionaly the Squalus. 
May 15
McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California. 
May 16
Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers 
May 16
British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris 
May 17
Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France 
May 17
Nazis bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance 
May 18
German troops conquer Brussels 
May 19
Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time) 
May 19
French counter attack at Pronne under Gen De Gaulle 
May 20
German General Guderian's tanks reach the English Channel (British expeditionary army) 
May 20
Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen 
May 20
Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7 
May 21
AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees 
May 21
Allied counter attack at Atrecht, northern France 
May 21
Reynaud forms French government 
May 22
Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis 
May 22
UK Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city 
May 23
1st great dogfight between Spitfires and Luftwaffe 
May 24
1st night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1) 
May 24
1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2) 
May 24
Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio 
May 24
Dutch army demobilizes 
May 24
German tanks reach Atrecht France 
May 24
Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel" 
May 24
NY Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds 
May 25
German troops conquer Boulogne 
May 25
Golden Gate International Exposition reopens 
May 26
1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky 
May 27
British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII 
May 27
World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops. 
May 28
Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up 
May 28
British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway 
May 28
Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC 
May 29
Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec) 
May 29
Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of The Hague, Netherlands 
May 29
In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:22:31.201 (183.911 km/h) 
May 31
Major General Bernard Montgomery leaves Dunkirk 
May 31
Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to meet with Marshal August Pétain who announces he is willing to make a seperate peace with Germany 
Jun 1
Coffee & tea rationed in Holland 
Jun 1
Major General Bernard Montgomery returns to London 
Jun 1
Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard 
Jun 2
Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach 
Jun 3
Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk 
Jun 4
1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1) 
Jun 4
1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2) 
Jun 4
British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allies troops from France 
Jun 4
German forces enter Paris during WWII 
Jun 4
Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans" 
Jun 5
A synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. 
Jun 5
American Negro Theater organizes 
Jun 5
Battle of France begins in WW II 
Jun 5
Gen Von Bock starts German offensive in Somme 
Jun 5
General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense 
Jun 5
Gov of Suriname & Neth 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
44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury GC OH 
Jun 9
General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill 
Jun 9
Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II 
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 & Britain during WW II 
Jun 10
Norway surrenders to Nazis 
Jun 10
Canada declares war on Italy. 
Jun 11
Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta 
Jun 11
British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans 
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 
Jun 14
Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would eventually be killed ) 
Jun 14
German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral 
Jun 14
German forces occupied Paris during WW II 
Jun 15
38 Italian Fiat bombers bomb Luc-en-Province 
Jun 15
Bread & flour rationed in Holland 
Jun 15
France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris during WWII 
Jun 15
Soviet Army occupies Lithuania 
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
Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers 
Jun 18
German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs & chickens 
Jun 18
Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons 
Jun 19
"Brenda Starr", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago 
Jun 19
German 7th Armoured division under command of Rommel occupies Cherbourg 
Jun 19
Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships 
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
France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms 
Jun 22
SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands 
Jun 22
About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII 
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 25
Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower & grave of Napoleon in France 
Jun 26
End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27 
Jun 27
Soviet Army attacks Romania 
Jun 27
USSR returns to Gregorian 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
US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register 
Jun 29
Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan 
Jun 30
"Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears 
Jun 30
58 U-boats (284,000 ton) sunk this month 
Jun 30
US Fish & Wildlife Service forms 
Jun 30
German troops begin the invasion of the undefended Channel Islands. 
Jul 1
Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees 
Jul 2
Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory) 
Jul 2
Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion) 
Jul 2
Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated 
Jul 2
British PM Churchill meets Major General Bernard Montgomery 
Jul 2
Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta. 
Jul 3
ARP-leader/ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany 
Jul 3
British Royal Navy sinks 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 4
German occupiers forbids anti-Nazi speeches 
Jul 5
Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & 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 9
RAF bombs Germany 
Jul 10
Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in English Channel 
Jul 11
British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay 
Jul 11
Marshall Henri Petain, French hero of World War One, becomes head of the collaborative Vichy government of France. 
Jul 14
Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps 
Jul 14
Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR 
Jul 15
1st betatron placed in operation, Urbana, Il 
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 
Jul 16
NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee 
Jul 18
1st successful helicopter flight, Stratford, Ct 
Jul 18
Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term 
Jul 19
Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender 
Jul 19
Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald 
Jul 19
Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films 
Jul 20
Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands 
Jul 20
Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist 
Jul 20
Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey) 
Jul 21
Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania 
Jul 21
VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands 
Jul 22
Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks 
Jul 23
"Blitz" all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins 
Jul 24
1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands 
Jul 24
Linthorst Homan, de Quay & Einthoven forms Dutch Union 
Jul 25
John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi River 
Jul 27
Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts 
Jul 27
Bugs Bunny debuts in "Wild Hare" 
Jul 28
Radio Orange, London begins broadcasting 
Jul 28
Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9 
Jul 29
Urk soccer team forms 
Jul 31
38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton) 
Jul 31
Riechskommissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals 
Aug 2
Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death 
Aug 2
KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia 
Aug 3
German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies 
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 synagouge 
Aug 5
St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings 
Aug 6
Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire 
Aug 7
Churchill recognizes De Gaulle government in exile 
Aug 7
Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana) 
Aug 7
Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II 
Aug 8
31 German aircraft shot down over England 
Aug 8
The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel. 
Aug 10
Prince Bernhard Fund forms 
Aug 11
38 German aircrafts shot down above England 
Aug 11
German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth 
Aug 12
Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft 
Aug 12
Netherlands starts rationing textiles 
Aug 13
Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain) 
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 aircrafts shot down over England 
Aug 17
FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission 
Aug 17
Greece mobilizes 
Aug 17
Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain 
Aug 18
Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle 
Aug 18
71 German aircraft shot down above England 
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" 
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 23
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands dismisses premier De Geer 
Aug 24
Luftwaffe bombs London 
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
RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk 
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 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 pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands 
Aug 31
56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton) 
Aug 31
RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe 41 
Aug 31
German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap rationing 
Aug 31
US National Guard assembles 
Sep 2
23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa 
Sep 2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated 
Sep 3
First showing of high definition color TV 
Sep 3
39.4 cm rainfall at Sapulpa, Oklahoma (state record) 
Sep 3
Hitler orders invasion in England on 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 
Sep 7
54th US Women's Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (6-2 6-3) 
Sep 7
60th US Men's Tennis: W D McNeill beats Robert Riggs (4-6 6-8 6-3 6-3 7-5) 
Sep 7
German Luftwaffe blitz London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights 
Sep 7
Luftwaffe loses 41 bombers above England 
Sep 7
Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria. 
Sep 9
28 German aircraft shot down above England 
Sep 10
Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb 
Sep 11
-12] Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs 
Sep 11
54th US Postmaster General: Frank C Walker of Pa takes office 
Sep 11
Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS 
Sep 11
Hitler begins operation Seelöwe (Sealion - aborted invasion England) 
Sep 11
George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer. 
Sep 12
49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ) 
Sep 12
Italian troops enter Egypt 
Sep 12
4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings 
Sep 13
Buckingham Palace damaged by German bombs 
Sep 13
Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt 
Sep 14
Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law) 
Sep 14
German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; hundreds die 
Sep 15
3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2) 
Sep 15
Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher) 
Sep 15
Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company 
Sep 15
PM Winston Churchill visits 11 Fighter Group 
Sep 15
Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe 
Sep 16
Dutch SS forms 
Sep 16
FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft) 
Sep 16
Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot" 
Sep 16
Luftwaffe attacks center of London 
Sep 16
Samuel T Rayburn of Tx elected speaker of House 
Sep 16
St Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to HR from each side of plate 
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 
Sep 18
Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani 
Sep 19
Nazi decree forbids gentile woman to work in Jewish homes 
Sep 19
Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance. 
Sep 23
-27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees 
Sep 23
Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler 
Sep 24
Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career HR 
Sep 24
Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton 
Sep 25
German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government 
Sep 25
Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton 
Sep 26
Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed 
Sep 26
Japanese troops attack French Indo-China 
Sep 27
55 German aircrafts shot down above England 
Sep 27
Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces 
Sep 27
Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller 
Sep 27
Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis) 
Sep 27
Yankees, lose to A's & eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935 
Sep 28
Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns 
Sep 28
Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German 
Sep 28
Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan 
Sep 29
"Double or Nothing", a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net 
Sep 29
"Strike Up the Band" opens 
Sep 29
1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware 
Sep 30
47 German aircraft shot down above England 
Sep 30
59 U-boats sunk this month (295,000 tons) 
Oct 1
Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens 
Oct 2
17 German aircrafts shot down above 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
Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak 
Oct 3
US forms parachute troops 
Oct 4
12 German aircrafts shot down above England 
Oct 4
Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps 
Oct 4
French Vichy-regime proclaims end of "Statut of the Juifs" 
Oct 4
Wrestling returns to Madison Sq Garden after 12 year lay off 
Oct 6
Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat & Skyline in SF 
Oct 7
Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series 
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
Cin Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series 
Oct 8
German troops occupies Romania 
Oct 14
Balham tube disaster during the Blitz. 
Oct 15
-16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed 
Oct 15
London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans 
Oct 15
"The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released. 
Oct 16
Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army 
Oct 16
Lottery for 1st US WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st 
Oct 16
Warsaw Ghetto forms 
Oct 17
German occupiers issue identity cards 
Oct 18
Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in NYC 
Oct 20
Cheese rationed in Netherlands 
Oct 20
Greenhouse rationing begins in Netherlands 
Oct 21
RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands 
Oct 24
US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect - minimum wage, 44 hr week 
Oct 24
Hitler meets Marshal Pétain 
Oct 24
Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball 
Oct 24
Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants 
Oct 25
Benjamin O Davis Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army 
Oct 25
Col Bo Davis attains rank of Brigadier General 
Oct 25
Duke, Latouche & Felter's musical premieres in NYC 
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 
Oct 29
Secretary of War Henry L Stimson drew 1st number-258-in 1st peacetime military draft in US history 
Oct 30
Cole Porters musical "Panama Hattie" premieres in New York City 
Oct 30
Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey. 
Oct 31
63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton) 
Oct 31
Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends 
Oct 31
Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto 
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 
Nov 5
Pres FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R) 
Nov 5
Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Wash Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R) 
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 
Nov 8
RAF bombs Munich 
Nov 10
Pittsburgh & Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game 
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 midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes) 
Nov 13
Walt Disney's "Fantasia" 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
1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington & AC Seagulls 
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
German air raid on Birmingham fails 
Nov 20
German air raid on Birmingham fails 
Nov 20
Hungary joins 3 Power pact 
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 Driemogendheden 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
U of Mich 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 
Nov 30
32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton) 
Dec 6
Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst 
Dec 6
Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia 
Dec 7
28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5 
Dec 7
North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor 
Dec 7
The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew 
Dec 8
1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0 
Dec 9
British assault on Banghazi Libya: 1st major offensive in North Africa 
Dec 9
Illeagal 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) 
Dec 11
Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault 
Dec 12
British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani 
Dec 16
British air raid on Mannheim 
Dec 16
Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago 
Dec 17
British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt 
Dec 20
Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000 
Dec 22
World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army. 
Dec 23
John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance" premieres in NYC 
Dec 25
Bradman out 1st ball for SA v Victoria before 6213 
Dec 25
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC 
Dec 26
1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148 
Dec 26
JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC 
Dec 28
Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148 
Dec 29
Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II) 
Dec 29
NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14 
Dec 30
California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens 
Dec 31
37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton) 
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