January 1940 calendar

January 1940

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1940.
The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Neville Chamberlain (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1940: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1940?


  • 03 Jan 1940 WPG-AM in Atlantic City, New Jersey consolidates with WBIL andWOV as new WOV
  • 04 Jan 1940 WWII: Axis powers: Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring assumes control of most war industries in Germany.
  • 05 Jan 1940 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • 06 Jan 1940 WWII: Winter War: General Semyon Timoshenko takes command of all Russian forces.
  • 08 Jan 1940 World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
  • 09 Jan 1940 WWII British submarine is sunk.
  • 10 Jan 1940 WWII: Mechelen Incident: A German plane carrying secret plans for the invasion of western Europe makes a forced landing in Belgium, leading to mobilization of defense forces in the Low Countries.
  • 14 Jan 1940 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers.
  • 21 Jan 1940 Foreign correspondents in the Netherlands under censorship
  • 22 Jan 1940 1st radio broadcast of Road to Happiness on CBS
  • 23 Jan 1940 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile.
  • 26 Jan 1940 Brisbane, Australia swelters through its hottest day ever, 43.2 degrees Celsius (109.76 Fahrenheit).
  • 27 Jan 1940 -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia, USA (state record).
  • 29 Jan 1940 Three trains on the Nishinari Line; present Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. One hundred and eighty-one people are killed.
  • 30 Jan 1940 Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race.
  • 31 Jan 1940 40 U-boats sunk this month
  • 07 Jan 1940 Winter War: Battle of Raate Road: The Finnish 9th Division finally defeat the numerically superior Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
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Music charts

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Top #1 songs in the USA

  1. - The Last Time I Saw Paris


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