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March 1940

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in March 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 March 1940: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1940?


  • 01 Mar 1940 12th Academy Awards: Gone With the Wind, Robert Donat and Vivien Leigh win.
  • 02 Mar 1940 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland.
  • 03 Mar 1940 Artie Shaw records Frenesi on RCA Victor label
  • 05 Mar 1940 Six high-ranking members of the Soviet politburo, including Joseph Stalin, sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, in what will become known as the Katyn massacre.
  • 06 Mar 1940 First US telecast from an airplane, New York City, New York.
  • 07 Mar 1940 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, to become wrestling champion.
  • 10 Mar 1940 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • 11 Mar 1940 Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck and six others leave Monterey, California for The Sea of Cortez on a collecting expedition.
  • 12 Mar 1940 Finland surrenders to Russia during WWII, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • 13 Mar 1940 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, Finland gives up Karelische
  • 14 Mar 1940 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas, USA.
  • 16 Mar 1940 First person killed in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, James Isbister.
  • 18 Mar 1940 World War II: Axis Powers : Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.
  • 19 Mar 1940 French government of Edouard Daladier falls.
  • 21 Mar 1940 Édouard Daladier resigns as prime minister of France Paul Reynaud succeeds him.
  • 23 Mar 1940 All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland.
  • 26 Mar 1940 Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Glazer premiere in New York City
  • 29 Mar 1940 Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paycheck in two rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title.
  • 31 Mar 1940 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (lasts until 1956).
  • 12 Mar 1940 Winter War: Finland signs the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia.


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