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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1940 AD


January 3: WPG-AM in Atlantic City New Jersey consolidates with WBIL and WOV as "new" WOV
January 5: FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
January 5: Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
January 8: Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter and sugar)
January 9: 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
January 9: J Thurber and E Nugent's "Male Animal," premieres in New York City
January 11: Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet premieres in Leningrad
January 14: Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
January 14: NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
January 15: German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
January 21: Foreign correspondents in Netherlands under censorship
January 22: 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
January 23: Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
January 25: Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
January 26: Nazi's forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
January 27: -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
January 30: Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
January 30: Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
January 30: Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
January 31: 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
January 31: C Turney and J Horwin's "My Dear Children," premieres in New York City


February 1: Russia begins new offensive against Finland
February 2: Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
February 5: General Winckelman replaces General Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
February 5: Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
February 7: British railroads nationalized
February 7: Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (New York City)
February 8: Lewis and Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show," premieres in New York City
February 8: Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
February 9: Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
February 10: "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
February 10: Tom and Jerry created by Hanna and Barbera debut by MGM
February 10: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
February 10: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
February 13: Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Australia at the WACA
February 14: British merchant vessel fleet is armed
February 16: British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
February 17: Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA vs. West Australia
February 17: British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
February 20: Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
February 22: Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
February 22: German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
February 23: Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
February 23: Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
February 24: Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
February 25: 1st televised (W2XBS, New York City) hockey game (Rangers vs. Canadians)
February 26: U.S. Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, New York
February 28: 1st televised basketball game (University of Pittsburgh beats Fordham University, 50-37)
February 28: Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
February 28: U.S. population at 131,669,275
February 29: 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
February 29: Frederic from G and S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
February 29: "Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars
February 29: Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar


March 1: 12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind," R Donat and V Leigh win
March 1: Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
March 2: 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, MSG, New York City
March 2: Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
March 3: Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
March 6: 1st U.S. telecast from an airplane, New York City
March 7: Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
March 7: Ray Steele beats B. Nagurski in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
March 10: 1st U.S. opera telecast, W2XBS, New York City, I Pagliacci
March 12: Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
March 13: Finland-Russian cease fire signed, Finland gives up Karelische
March 14: 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas
March 15: Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
March 16: German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
March 18: Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France and Britain
March 19: Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
March 19: French government of Daladier, falls
March 20: Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
March 23: 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
March 23: All-India-Moslem League calls for a Moslem homeland
March 26: Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Glazer premiere in New York City
March 27: Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice
March 29: Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
March 30: 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
March 31: Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)


April 4: R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher and Higher," premieres in New York City
April 7: 7th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
April 7: Booker T. Washington, 1st black to appear on U.S. stamp
April 8: Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
April 9: German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
April 9: Germany invades Norway and Denmark during WW II, Denmark surrenders
April 10: Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
April 12: Italy annexes Albania
April 12: NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
April 13: 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
April 13: Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
April 13: Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
April 14: Allied troops land in Norway
April 14: RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia
April 15: British troops land at Narvik, Norway
April 16: 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
April 16: Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
April 16: Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht," premieres in Rio de Janeiro
April 19: 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
April 19: Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
April 19: "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
April 20: 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
April 21: 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
April 21: Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
April 22: Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before U.S. Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
April 23: Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
April 23: New York Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
April 27: Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
April 28: Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
April 28: Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
April 29: 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr. Malone" on CBS
April 29: Norwegian King Haakon and government flees to England
April 29: Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night," premieres in New York City
April 30: Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0


May 1: The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
May 4: 21 "not neutral" nazis and 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 7: Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain
May 10: British Local Defense Volunteers (Home Guard) forms
May 10: Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
May 10: Dutch-Indies Governor 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 and Luxembourg
May 10: Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
May 11: 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
May 11: New York World's Fair reopens
May 12: French mariners occupy St. Maarten
May 12: German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
May 12: Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
May 13: British bomb factory at Breda
May 13: Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat"
May 13: Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
May 13: German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
May 14: Admiral Furstner departs to England
May 14: Boston's Jimmie Foxx home run 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: Nazi bombs Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrender to Germany
May 15: 1st nylon stockings sold in U.S.
May 15: 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300
May 15: German armour division moves into Northern France
May 15: German troops occupy Amsterdam, General Winkelman surrenders
May 15: Nazi's capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
May 15: Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
May 16: Nazi's forbid non-professional auto workers
May 16: Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
May 17: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
May 17: Nazi's 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 Peronne under General De Gaulle
May 20: General Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)
May 20: Igor Sikorsky unveils his helicopter invention
May 20: Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
May 20: Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
May 21: Allied counter attack at Atrecht North-France
May 21: AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
May 21: Reynaud forms French government
May 22: Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
May 22: Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
May 23: 1st great dogfight between Spitfires
May 24: 1st night game at New York's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
May 24: 1st night game at St. Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
May 24: Dutch army demobilizes
May 24: Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
May 24: German tanks reach Atrecht France
May 24: Hitler affirms General von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
May 24: New York Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
May 25: German troops conquer Boulogne
May 25: Golden Gate International Expo reopens
May 26: Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
May 27: British and French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)
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 New York City
May 29: Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
May 29: Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of Hague, Netherlands
May 29: In WW II, Germans capture Ostend and Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France
May 31: General-major Bernard Montgomery leaves Duinkerken
May 31: Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris


June 1: Coffee and tea rationed in Holland
June 1: General-major Bernard Montgomery returns to London
June 1: Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard
June 2: Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
June 3: Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk
June 4: 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
June 4: 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
June 4: British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops
June 4: German forces enter Paris
June 4: The synthetic rubber tire unveiled
June 4: Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas and oceans"
June 5: 1st synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron Oh
June 5: Battle of France begins in WW II
June 5: General De Gaulle becomes under minister of Defense
June 5: General Von Bock starts German offensive in Somme
June 5: Governor of Suriname and Netherlands Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
June 5: Netherlands rations petroleum
June 7: British/French troops evacuate Narvik
June 8: 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
June 8: Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
June 8: Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
June 9: 44th U.S. Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury Golf Club Ohio
June 9: General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
June 9: Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
June 10: French government moves to Bordeaux
June 10: German "Dutch Q-ship Atlantis" sinks Norwegian tanker
June 10: German 5th Armour division occupies Rouen
June 10: Italy declares war on France and Britain during WW II
June 11: Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
June 11: Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
June 13: Paris evacuates before German advance
June 14: Auschwitz concentration camp opens, 3 million killed there
June 14: German forces occupied Paris during WW II
June 14: German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
June 15: 38 Italians Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province
June 15: Bread and flour rationed in Holland
June 15: France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris
June 15: Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
June 16: Communist government installed in Lithuania
June 16: General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
June 17: France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
June 17: General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
June 17: Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
June 17: U.S.S.R. occupies Estonia
June 18: General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers
June 18: German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs and chickens
June 18: Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that "this was their finest hour"
June 19: "Brenda Starr," 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
June 19: German 7th Armour division under General-Major Rommel occupies Cherbourg
June 19: Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses and ships
June 20: Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
June 21: German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
June 22: France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
June 22: SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands
June 23: Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
June 24: France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
June 25: Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower and grave of Napoleon in France
June 26: End of U.S.S.R. experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
June 27: Soviet Army attacks Romania
June 27: U.S.S.R. returns to Gregorian calendar
June 28: "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
June 28: Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
June 29: Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
June 29: Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
June 29: U.S. passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
June 30: 58 U-boats (284,000 ton) sunk this month
June 30: "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
June 30: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forms


July 1: Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
July 2: Dutch Prime Minister Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
July 2: Hitler orders invasion of England
July 2: Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
July 3: ARP-leader/ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
July 3: British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in North Africa
July 3: German occupiers forbids using Dutch royal names
July 4: British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
July 4: German occupiers forbids anti-nazis speeches
July 5: Diplomatic relations broken between Britain and Vichy government in France
July 9: 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
July 9: German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
July 9: RAF bombs Germany
July 10: Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air, 114 days
July 10: German planes attack British ships in the Canal
July 11: British and German dogfight above Lyme Bay
July 14: Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
July 14: Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
July 15: 1st betatron placed in operation, Urbana, Ilinois
July 15: Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
July 16: NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee
July 18: 1st successful helicopter flight, Stratford, Connecticut
July 18: British government signs Bruma law under Japanese pressure
July 18: Democratic Convention nominates Franklin D. Roosevelt for a 3rd term
July 19: Hitler orders Great Britain to surrenders
July 19: Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald
July 19: Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films
July 20: Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
July 20: Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
July 20: Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
July 21: Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
July 21: VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands
July 22: Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks
July 23: "Blitz" all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
July 24: 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
July 24: Linthorst Homan, de Quay and Einthoven forms Dutch Union
July 25: John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours 46 minutes in the Mississippi River
July 27: Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
July 27: Bugs Bunny debuts in "Wild Hare"
July 28: Radio Orange, London begins
July 28: Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 home runs to beat White Sox 10-9
July 29: Urk soccer team forms
July 31: 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
July 31: Riech's commissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals


August 2: Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
August 2: KL-House of saxon and commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
August 3: German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters and English and French movies
August 3: Italian troops invade British Somalia
August 3: Lithuanian SSR is accepted into U.S.S.R.
August 3: Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passagiersvlucht to the U.S.
August 5: "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
August 5: St. Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
August 6: Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
August 7: Churchill recognizes De Gaulle government in exile
August 7: Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 cent 1856 British Guiana)
August 8: 31 German aircraft shot down over England
August 8: Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks
August 10: Prince Bernhard Fund forms
August 11: 38 German aircrafts shot down above England
August 11: German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth
August 12: Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircrafts
August 12: Netherlands starts rationing textile
August 13: Germany air attack on South England (Battle of Britain begins)
August 13: Goering's "Adler Tag" 45-48 German aircrafts shotdown over South-Engld
August 14: Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
August 15: 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazi)
August 15: Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircrafts damaged
August 16: 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
August 17: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William M. King agree to joint defense commission
August 17: Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
August 18: 71 German aircrafts shot down above England
August 20: 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
August 20: British Prime Minister Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
August 20: Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, icepicked by Frank Jackson, dies Aug 21
August 23: German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
August 23: Queen Wilhelmina fires premier De Geer
August 24: Luftwaffe bombs London
August 24: Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits and 1 run
August 25: 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
August 25: 1st parachute wedding
August 25: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
August 26: RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
August 27: Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
August 28: French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support General De Gaulle
August 29: 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
August 31: 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
August 31: 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
August 31: Fighter Command loses 39/Luftwaffe 41 airplanes
August 31: German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap ration
August 31: U.S. National Guard assembles


September 1: General George Marshall sworn in as chief of staff of U.S. army
September 2: 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa
September 2: Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated
September 3: 1st showing of color TV
September 3: 39.4 CM rainfall at Sapulpa Oklahoma (state record)
September 3: Hitler orders invasion in England on Sept 21 (Operation-Seelowe)
September 3: Netherlands government in exile of Gerbrandy forms London
September 3: Sicherheits police bans Free masons, Rotary and Red Cross
September 3: U.S. gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
September 4: Gerbrandy becomes premier of Dutch government in exile
September 4: Mussert sends telegram, that Hitler has captured the Dutch
September 4: Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Netherlands in Hitler's hands
September 6: Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
September 6: Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France
September 7: 54th U.S. Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (62 63)
September 7: 60th U.S. Mens Tennis: McNeill beats Robert Riggs (46 68 63 63 75)
September 7: German Air Force blitz London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights
September 7: Luftwaffe loses 41 bombers above England
September 9: 28 German aircraft shot down above England
September 9: 60th U.S. Mens Tennis: W D McNeill beats Robert L Riggs (46 68 63 63 75)
September 11: 54th Postmaster General: Frank C. Walker of Pennsylvania takes office
September 11: Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS
September 11: Hitler begins operation-Seelowe (invasion England)
September 12: 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
September 12: 49 die and 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)
September 12: Italian troops enter Egypt
September 13: Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
September 14: Congress passes 1st peace-time draft law
September 14: German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; 100s die
September 15: 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
September 15: Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
September 15: Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company
September 15: Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits #11 Fighter Group
September 15: Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
September 16: Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
September 16: Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"
September 16: Luftwaffe attacks center of London
September 16: Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of House
September 16: St. Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to home run from each side of plate
September 17: Hitler begins invasion of England (operation Seelowe)
September 17: Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
September 18: 19 German aircrafts shot down above England
September 18: Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda," premieres in New York City
September 18: Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
September 19: Nazi decree forbids gentile woman to work in Jewish homes
September 23: Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler
September 23: French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
September 24: Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career home run
September 24: Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire-factory in Southampton
September 25: German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
September 25: Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire-factory in Southampton
September 26: Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
September 26: Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
September 27: 55 German aircraft shot down above England
September 27: Black leaders protest discrimination in U.S. Armed Forces
September 27: Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller
September 27: Nazi-Germany, Italy and Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
September 27: Yankees, lose to A's and eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935
September 28: Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands and attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
September 28: Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 and 94 yard touchdowns
September 28: Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
September 29: 1st U.S. merchant ship "Booker T Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware
September 29: "Double or Nothing," a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
September 29: "Strike Up Band," opens
September 30: 47 German aircrafts shot down above England
September 30: 59 U-boats sunk this month (295,000 tons)


October 1: Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
October 2: 17 German aircrafts shot down above England
October 2: British Council receives British Charter
October 2: British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
October 3: France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
October 3: Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
October 3: U.S. forms parachute troops
October 4: 12 German aircraft shot down above England
October 4: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps
October 4: French Vichy-regime proclaims end of "Statut of the Juifs"
October 4: Wrestling returns to Madison Square Garden after 12 year lay off
October 6: Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat and Skyline in SF
October 7: Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
October 8: Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
October 8: German troops occupies Romania
October 12: Hitler begins operation-Seelowe (invasion of England)
October 15: Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
October 15: London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans
October 16: Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army
October 16: Lottery for 1st U.S. WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
October 16: Warsaw Ghetto forms
October 17: German occupiers issue identity cards
October 18: Kaufman and Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in New York City
October 20: Cheese rationed in Netherlands
October 20: Greenhouse rationing begins in Netherlands
October 21: RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
October 24: 40 hour work week goes into effect (Fair Labor Standards of 1938)
October 24: Hitler meets Marshal Petain
October 24: Japan eliminates U.S. terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
October 24: Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
October 25: Benjamin O. Davis became 1st Black general in U.S. Army
October 25: Col Bo Davis attains rank of Brigadier General
October 25: Duke, Latouche and Felter's musical premieres in New York City
October 25: U.S. Army General Benjamin Davis becomes 1st black general
October 28: Greece successfully resists Italy's attack
October 28: Meeting between Hitler and Mussolini in Florence
October 29: Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew 1st number-158-in 1st peacetime military draft in U.S. history
October 30: Cole Porters musical "Panama hattie," premieres in New York City
October 31: 63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
October 31: Battle of Britain: Germany and Britair control of English Channel, ends
October 31: Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto


November 1: 1st U.S. air raid shelter, Fleetwood, Pa
November 1: Dutch "Curfew" forms (12 AM - 4 AM)
November 4: Eggs and cake rationed in Netherlands
November 5: Dutch submarine departs Dundee
November 5: President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)
November 5: Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race
November 6: Franklin D. Roosevelt re-elected president
November 7: Stravinsky's Symfonie in C premieres in Chicago
November 7: Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Wash
November 8: RAF bombs Munich
November 9: Germany invades Norway and Denmark in WW II
November 10: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game
November 11: 1,000s Paris students lay reath at Grave of Unknown Soldier
November 11: Blizzard strikes midwestern U.S. killing over 100
November 11: British air attack destroys half of Italian fleet
November 11: Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle - Jeep
November 12: Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
November 13: Walt Disney's "Fantasia" released
November 14: During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
November 15: 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
November 15: 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls
November 15: New York Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
November 17: Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
November 18: George Matesky Mad Bomber's 1st time-bomb
November 19: Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler
November 19: German air raid on Birmingham fails
November 20: German air raid on Birmingham fails
November 20: Hungary joins 3 Power pact
November 21: Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands
November 22: 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis
November 23: 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
November 23: Romania signs Driemogendheden pact
November 25: Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
November 25: University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
November 25: Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock"
November 26: Leidse students strike
November 26: Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
November 27: 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
November 27: Nazis signs Technical Hague court Delft
November 28: Cleveringa arrested by nazis
November 30: 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)
November 30: Lucille Ball weds Desi Arnaz


December 6: Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
December 6: Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
December 7: North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
December 8: 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
December 9: British assault on Banghazi Libya
December 9: British troops 1st major offensive in No Africa (Libya) during WW II
December 9: Illeagal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
December 9: South Australia all out for 47 vs. NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
December 10: British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
December 11: Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
December 12: British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
December 16: British air raid on Mannheim
December 16: Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago
December 17: British troops occupies Sollum
December 20: Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000
December 23: John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance," premieres in New York City
December 25: Bradman out 1st ball for SA vs. Victoria before 6213
December 25: Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey," premieres in New York City
December 26: 1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
December 26: JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in New York City
December 28: Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
December 29: Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
December 29: NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
December 30: California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens
December 31: 37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)
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