Historical Events for Year 1940

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Jan 3rd - WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
Jan 5th - FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
Jan 5th - Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
Jan 6th - Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
Jan 8th - Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
Jan 9th - 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
Jan 9th - J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal" premieres in NYC
Jan 11th - Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet premieres in Leningrad
Jan 12th - World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
Jan 14th - Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
Jan 14th - NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
Jan 15th - German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch merchant ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
Jan 21st - Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
Jan 22nd - 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
Jan 23rd - Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
Jan 25th - Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
Jan 26th - Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
Jan 27th - -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
Jan 30th - Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
Jan 30th - Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
Jan 30th - Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
Jan 31st - 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
Jan 31st - C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC
Feb 1st - Russia begins new offensive against Finland
Feb 1st - 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.
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Feb 2nd - Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)
Feb 5th - Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
Feb 5th - Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
Feb 7th - British railways nationalized
Feb 7th - Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio", premieres (NYC)
Feb 8th - Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
Feb 8th - Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
Feb 9th - Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
Feb 10th - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
Feb 10th - Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
Feb 10th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
Feb 10th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
Feb 13th - Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman Feb 14th - British merchant vessel fleet is armed
Feb 16th - British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
Feb 17th - Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
Feb 17th - 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 20th - Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
Feb 22nd - Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
Feb 22nd - German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
Feb 23rd - Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
Feb 23rd - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
Feb 24th - Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Feb 25th - 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
Feb 26th - US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
Feb 27th - Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
Feb 28th - 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
Feb 28th - Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
Feb 28th - US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
Feb 29th - 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
Feb 29th - Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
Feb 29th - "Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars
Feb 29th - Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
Feb 29th - 12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind," Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win
Feb 29th - Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
Mar 1st - Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
Mar 2nd - 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
Mar 2nd - Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
Mar 3rd - Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
Mar 6th - 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
Mar 7th - Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko NagurskiHall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski Mar 7th - Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
Mar 10th - 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
Mar 12th - Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
Mar 13th - Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
Mar 14th - 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas
Mar 15th - Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
Mar 16th - German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
Mar 18th - Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
Mar 19th - Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
Mar 19th - French government of Daladier falls
Italian Dictator Benito MussoliniItalian Dictator Benito Mussolini Mar 20th - Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
Mar 23rd - 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
Mar 23rd - All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
Mar 23rd - 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 26th - Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC
Mar 28th - Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
Mar 29th - Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
Mar 30th - 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
Mar 31st - Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)
Apr 1st - Filipino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language.
2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon Apr 4th - R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
Apr 7th - 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)
Apr 7th - 7th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
Apr 8th - German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
Apr 9th - German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
Apr 9th - Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
Apr 10th - Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
Apr 12th - Italy annexes Albania
Apr 12th - NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
Apr 13th - 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
Apr 13th - Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
Apr 13th - Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
Apr 14th - Allied troops land in Norway
Apr 14th - RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia
Education Pioneer Booker T. WashingtonEducation Pioneer Booker T. Washington Apr 15th - British troops land at Narvik, Norway
Apr 16th - 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
Apr 16th - Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
Apr 16th - Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
Apr 19th - "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
Apr 19th - 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
Apr 19th - Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
Apr 20th - 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
Apr 21st - 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
Apr 21st - Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
Apr 22nd - Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
Apr 23rd - Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
Apr 23rd - NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
Apr 27th - Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Apr 28th - Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
Apr 28th - Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
Apr 29th - 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
Apr 29th - Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain
Apr 29th - Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC
Apr 30th - Bkln Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cin Reds, 3-0
May 1st - 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship
May 1st - The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
May 4th - 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
May 4th - 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
May 5th - Norwegian government in exile forms in London
Author John SteinbeckAuthor John Steinbeck May 6th - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
May 10th - British Local Defence Volunteers forms (later renamed the Home Guard)
May 10th - Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
May 10th - Dutch-Indies Gov Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
May 10th - French marines stationed on Aruba
May 10th - French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
May 10th - Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
May 10th - Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
May 10th - World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
May 11th - 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill May 11th - NY World's Fair reopens
May 12th - French mariners occupy St Maarten
May 12th - German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
May 12th - Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
May 13th - British bomb factory at Breda
May 13th - Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat
May 13th - Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
May 13th - German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
May 14th - Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England
May 14th - Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
May 14th - German breakthrough at Sedan
May 14th - Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
May 14th - Nazis bomb Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrenders to Germany
May 15th - German armoured division moves into Northern France
May 15th - German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders

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