1940: On This Year


1940 (MCMXL in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1940th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1940 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1940 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1940, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1940, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1940, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1940, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1940.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1940 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1940 known for ?

  • The world war had started a year earlier. The ministry of information of the United Kingdom began printing a series of propaganda posters called Careless Talk Costs Lives.
  • The ‘What a Farm Wife Painted’ exhibition by Grandma Moses opened the Otto Kallir’s Gallery in New York. As the war raged on, German forces took Paris on June 14. The Germans imposed a curfew on Parisians for 8 p.m. that same evening. By the time the German tanks entered the French capital, a large population had fled the city. The United States of America froze the assets of Axis powers members, Germany and Italy. The Germans arrested, interrogated and sent spies into the city. All through the invasion of Paris, the Germans flew a large swastika.
  • Life went on despite the terror of the World War II. On September 12, two boys discovered the Lascaux cave paintings near the French town of Montignac by four teenagers. The over 600 drawings and paintings are close to 17,000 years old that mostly depict animals are the earliest art forms from the Upper Paleolithic period. The paintings are in a cavern 16 feet high and 66 feet wide. The caverns also include around 1500 engravings.
  • On November 27, one of the greatest actors and martial arts experts, Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California. A year later, the Lee family returned to their home in Hong Kong. Bruce Lee grew up as a child actor and starred in 20 films. Bruce Lee studied dancing and the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu. Bruce Lee later returned to America, started a martial arts school in Seattle, and even taught martial arts to the legendary actor, Steve McQueen.
  • As at 1940, the world was at its roughest times as the Second World War raged on. This year also saw the increase of female workers from 27% to 37% and one in every four married women was working.

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1940: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1940, during the 13th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 27/02/1941 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 5 categories honoring the films released in 1940:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1940?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1940?

The Grapes of Wrath
The Oscar for Best Director went to John Ford, for the movie The Grapes of Wrath , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1940?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to James Stewart, for the movie The Philadelphia Story, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1940?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Ginger Rogers, for the movie Kitty Foyle, starring Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1940?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Jane Darwell, for the movie The Grapes of Wrath, starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin produced in the United States of America.
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1940: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Winston Churchill
In 1940, Winston Churchill was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain.

1940: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1940 were:

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business


The story of a peddler's attempts to outsmart a group of mischievous monkeys is an engaging and easy-to-read book that features repetition, patterns, and colors, making it ideal for young readers. This tale, filled with warmth and humor, also teaches …

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading


The book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare and classic phenomenon, serving as the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. It has now been completely rewritten and updated.

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon


Darkness at Noon is a fictional portrayal of the nightmare politics of our time, depicting the psychological torture of an aging revolutionary imprisoned by the Party he dedicated his life to. The novel explores the terrible ironies and human betrayals …

Native Son by Richard Wright

Native Son


Bigger Thomas, a young black man, is caught in a downward spiral after committing murder and rape in a moment of panic, reflecting the poverty and hopelessness experienced by African Americans in 1930s Chicago, as depicted in Richard Wright's powerful …

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain


C.S. Lewis, a renowned Christian thinker, addresses the longstanding question of why a good and all-powerful God allows his creations, including animals, to suffer. Through his compassionate and insightful perspective, Lewis provides answers to this complex issue and offers hope …

Dragon chinese zodiac sign

1940: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1940?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1940 was the Year of the Dragon.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Dragon sign.

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1940: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1940 were James, Robert and John for boys and Mary, Barbara and Patricia for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1940: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1940 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • James
  • Robert
  • John
  • William
  • Richard
  • Charles
  • David
  • Thomas
  • Donald
  • Ronald

1940: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1940 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Barbara
  • Patricia
  • Judith
  • Betty
  • Carol
  • Nancy
  • Linda
  • Shirley
  • Sandra

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1940: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1940, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me) by Ink Spots

1940: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1940 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me) by Ink Spots
  2. Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar by Andrews Sisters

1940: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1940 were:

The Great Dictator

Release year: 1940

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Country: United States of America


Release year: 1940

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Country: United States of America

The Philadelphia Story

Release year: 1940

Directed by: George Cukor

Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Country: United States of America

Boom Town

Release year: 1940

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr

Country: United States of America

Boom Town

Release year: 1940

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr

Country: United States of America


What happened in 1940?

Here's what happened in 1940:

  • Jan 3, 1940: WPG-AM in Atlantic City, New Jersey consolidates with WBIL andWOV as new WOV
  • Jan 4, 1940: WWII: Axis powers: Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring assumes control of most war industries in Germany.
  • Jan 5, 1940: FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • Jan 6, 1940: WWII: Winter War: General Semyon Timoshenko takes command of all Russian forces.
  • Jan 8, 1940: World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
  • Jan 9, 1940: WWII British submarine is sunk.
  • Jan 10, 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.
  • Jan 14, 1940: Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers.
  • Jan 21, 1940: Foreign correspondents in the Netherlands under censorship
  • Jan 22, 1940: 1st radio broadcast of Road to Happiness on CBS
  • Jan 23, 1940: Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile.
  • Jan 26, 1940: Brisbane, Australia swelters through its hottest day ever, 43.2 degrees Celsius (109.76 Fahrenheit).
  • Jan 27, 1940: -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia, USA (state record).
  • Jan 29, 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.
  • Jan 30, 1940: Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race.
  • Jan 31, 1940: 40 U-boats sunk this month
  • Feb 1, 1940: Russia begins new offensive against Finland.
  • Feb 2, 1940: Vsevolod Meyerhold is executed in the Soviet Union on charges of treason and espionage. He is cleared of all charges 15 years later in the first waves of de-Stalinization
  • Feb 5, 1940: Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record Tuxedo Junction
  • Feb 7, 1940: British railroads are nationalized.
  • Feb 8, 1940: Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • Feb 9, 1940: Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • Feb 10, 1940: In The Mood by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • Feb 14, 1940: British merchant vessel fleet is armed.
  • Feb 16, 1940: British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
  • Feb 17, 1940: British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
  • Feb 20, 1940: Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record Limehouse Blues
  • Feb 22, 1940: German air force sinks two German destroyers, killing 578.
  • Feb 23, 1940: Russian troops conquer Lasi Island.
  • Feb 24, 1940: Frances Langford records When You Wish Upon a Star
  • Feb 25, 1940: 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game
  • Feb 26, 1940: US Air Defense Command established at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York.
  • Feb 28, 1940: 1st televised basketball game
  • Feb 29, 1940: Gone with the Wind, wins 8 Oscars
  • Mar 1, 1940: 12th Academy Awards: Gone With the Wind, Robert Donat and Vivien Leigh win.
  • Mar 2, 1940: Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland.
  • Mar 3, 1940: Artie Shaw records Frenesi on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 5, 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.
  • Mar 6, 1940: First US telecast from an airplane, New York City, New York.
  • Mar 7, 1940: Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, to become wrestling champion.
  • Mar 10, 1940: 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • Mar 11, 1940: Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck and six others leave Monterey, California for The Sea of Cortez on a collecting expedition.
  • Mar 12, 1940: Finland surrenders to Russia during WWII, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • Mar 13, 1940: Finland-Russian cease fire signed, Finland gives up Karelische
  • Mar 14, 1940: 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas, USA.
  • Mar 16, 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.
  • Mar 18, 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.
  • Mar 19, 1940: French government of Edouard Daladier falls.
  • Mar 21, 1940: Édouard Daladier resigns as prime minister of France Paul Reynaud succeeds him.
  • Mar 23, 1940: All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland.
  • Mar 26, 1940: Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Glazer premiere in New York City
  • Mar 29, 1940: Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paycheck in two rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title.
  • Mar 31, 1940: Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (lasts until 1956).
  • Apr 2, 1940: Walt Disney Productions first offers shares in the company to the public. 155,000 shares of preferred stock are offered at US$25 per share, and 600,000 of common stock for US$5 per share. US$3.5 million is raised from the stock offering.
  • Apr 3, 1940: WWII: Operation ''Weserübung'': German ships set out for the invasion of Norway.
  • Apr 5, 1940: Neville Chamberlain, in what proves to be a tragic misjudgment, declares in a major public speech that Hitler has quotmissed the busquot.
  • Apr 7, 1940: 1st black to appear on US stamp
  • Apr 8, 1940: Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • Apr 9, 1940: Germany invades Norway and Denmark during WWII
  • Apr 10, 1940: Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian national government
  • Apr 12, 1940: NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards.
  • Apr 13, 1940: 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
  • Apr 14, 1940: Allied troops land in Norway
  • Apr 15, 1940: British troops land at Narvik, Norway.
  • Apr 16, 1940: Cleveland Indians' Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter versus Chicago, 1-0.
  • Apr 19, 1940: Lake Shore Ltd train derails, killing 34 near Little Falls, New York.
  • Apr 20, 1940: 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21, 1940: Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer.
  • Apr 22, 1940: Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable (He was right).
  • Apr 23, 1940: New York Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert.
  • Apr 27, 1940: Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Apr 28, 1940: Glenn Miller records Pennsylvania 6-5000
  • Apr 29, 1940: 1st radio broadcast of Young Dr Malone on CBS
  • Apr 30, 1940: Brooklyn Dodgers' Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0.
  • May 1, 1940: The 1940 Olympics are cancelled.
  • May 4, 1940: 21 not neutral Nazis and communists arrested in the Netherlands
  • May 5, 1940: Norwegian Government in exile forms in London, England.
  • May 6, 1940: Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck
  • May 7, 1940: Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain
  • May 9, 1940: World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks the French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder.
  • May 10, 1940: Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
  • May 11, 1940: 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6.
  • May 12, 1940: German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug.
  • May 13, 1940: Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat".
  • May 14, 1940: Admiral Furstner departs to England
  • May 15, 1940: 1st nylon stockings sold in US
  • May 16, 1940: Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
  • May 17, 1940: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
  • May 18, 1940: German troops conquer Brussels
  • May 19, 1940: Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time).
  • May 20, 1940: Gen Guderians tanks reach The Channel
  • May 21, 1940: Allied counter-attack at Atrecht, North-France.
  • May 22, 1940: Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with Germans.
  • May 23, 1940: 1st great dogfight between Spitfires
  • May 24, 1940: 1st night game at St. Louis Sportsman Park
  • May 25, 1940: German troops conquer Boulogne
  • May 26, 1940: Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
  • May 27, 1940: British and French begin evacuation of Dunkirk
  • May 28, 1940: Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
  • May 29, 1940: In WWII, Germans capture Ostend andYpres in Belgium andLille in France
  • Jun 1, 1940: Coffee and tea rationed in Holland
  • Jun 2, 1940: Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
  • Jun 3, 1940: Last British / French troop leave Dunkirk
  • Jun 4, 1940: 1st night game at Forbes Field
  • Jun 5, 1940: American Negro Theater organizes
  • Jun 7, 1940: British / French troops evacuate Narvik
  • Jun 8, 1940: 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 9, 1940: 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
  • Jun 10, 1940: French government moves to Bordeaux
  • Jun 11, 1940: Italy declares war on allies / raids Malta
  • Jun 12, 1940: World War II: Thirteen thousand British and French troops surrender to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.
  • Jun 13, 1940: WWII: Paris is declared an open city.
  • Jun 14, 1940: Auschwitz concentration camp opens
  • Jun 15, 1940: 38 Italians Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province
  • Jun 16, 1940: General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • Jun 17, 1940: France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WWII
  • Jun 18, 1940: Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers
  • Jun 19, 1940: Brenda Starr, 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
  • Jun 20, 1940: Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 21, 1940: German occupiers disband Dutch States-General / Council of State
  • Jun 22, 1940: France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • Jun 23, 1940: Marcel Louette seeks opposition group White Brigade on Antwerp
  • Jun 24, 1940: France signs an armistice with Italy during WWII
  • Jun 25, 1940: Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower and grave of Napoleon in France
  • Jun 26, 1940: End of the USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6 / 27
  • Jun 27, 1940: Soviet Army attacks Romania
  • Jun 28, 1940: Quiz Kids? premieres on radio.
  • Jun 29, 1940: Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
  • Jun 30, 1940: Brenda Starr cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
  • Jul 1, 1940: Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • Jul 2, 1940: Dutch Prime Minister Colijn publishes Borders of 2 Worlds
  • Jul 3, 1940: ARP-leader / ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
  • Jul 4, 1940: British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • Jul 5, 1940: Diplomatic relations broken between Great Britain and Vichy government in France.
  • Jul 6, 1940: British submarine is sunk.
  • Jul 9, 1940: German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
  • Jul 10, 1940: Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air
  • Jul 11, 1940: British and German dogfight above Lyme Bay
  • Jul 14, 1940: Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
  • Jul 15, 1940: Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
  • Jul 18, 1940: British government signs Bruma law under Japanese pressure
  • Jul 19, 1940: Hitler orders Great Britain to surrenders
  • Jul 20, 1940: Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in the Netherlands
  • Jul 21, 1940: Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Jul 22, 1940: Dutch Prime Minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks
  • Jul 23, 1940: Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
  • Jul 24, 1940: 1st illegal Newsletter of Pieter It Hen publishes in the Netherlands
  • Jul 25, 1940: John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours 46 minutes in the Mississippi River
  • Jul 27, 1940: Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts.
  • Jul 28, 1940: Radio Orange, London begins
  • Jul 29, 1940: Urk soccer team forms
  • Jul 31, 1940: 38 U-boats sinks this month
  • Aug 1, 1940: WWII: British submarine is sunk.
  • Aug 2, 1940: Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
  • Aug 3, 1940: German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters and English and French movies
  • Aug 4, 1940: Gen. John J. Pershing, in a nationwide radio broadcast, urges all-out aid to Britain in order to defend the Americas, while Charles Lindbergh speaks to an isolationist rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  • Aug 5, 1940: Acquaintance blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
  • Aug 6, 1940: Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
  • Aug 7, 1940: Churchill recognizes De Gaulle government in exile
  • Aug 8, 1940: 31 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • Aug 10, 1940: Prince Bernhard Fund forms
  • Aug 11, 1940: 38 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Aug 12, 1940: Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircrafts
  • Aug 13, 1940: Germany air attack on South England
  • Aug 14, 1940: Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
  • Aug 15, 1940: 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam
  • Aug 16, 1940: 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • Aug 17, 1940: FDR and Canadian Prime Minister William M King agree to joint defense commission
  • Aug 18, 1940: 71 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Aug 19, 1940: First flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.
  • Aug 20, 1940: 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
  • Aug 21, 1940: Leon Trotsky dies of injuries sustained.
  • Aug 23, 1940: German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
  • Aug 24, 1940: Luftwaffe bombs London
  • Aug 25, 1940: 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • Aug 26, 1940: RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • Aug 27, 1940: Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan).
  • Aug 28, 1940: French colonies Cameroon / Congo-Brazzaville support General De Gaulle
  • Aug 29, 1940: 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28
  • Aug 30, 1940: The Second Vienna Award re-assigns the territory of Northern Transylvania from Romania to Hungary.
  • Aug 31, 1940: 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • Sep 1, 1940: Gen George Marshall sworn in as Chief of Staff of US army
  • Sep 2, 1940: 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey Country Club - Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 3, 1940: 39.4 CM rainfall at Sapulpa Oklahoma
  • Sep 4, 1940: CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • Sep 5, 1940: WWII: Commerce raiding German auxiliary cruiser ''Komet'' enters the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Strait after crossing the Arctic Ocean from the North Sea with the help of Soviet icebreakers ''Lenin'', ''Stalin'', and ''Kaganovich''.
  • Sep 6, 1940: Crown Prince Michael succeeds Carol II as King of Romania
  • Sep 7, 1940: 54th US Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs
  • Sep 9, 1940: 28 German aircraft shot down above England
  • Sep 10, 1940: Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb
  • Sep 11, 1940: 54th Postmaster General: Frank C Walker of Pa takes office
  • Sep 12, 1940: 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, 1940: Buckingham Palace destroyed by German bombs
  • Sep 14, 1940: German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; 100s die
  • Sep 15, 1940: Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day
  • Sep 16, 1940: Dutch SS forms
  • Sep 17, 1940: Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
  • Sep 18, 1940: 19 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Sep 19, 1940: Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance.
  • Sep 24, 1940: Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career home run.
  • Sep 25, 1940: German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
  • Sep 26, 1940: Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
  • Sep 27, 1940: 55 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Sep 28, 1940: 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
  • Sep 29, 1940: Double or Nothing, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
  • Sep 30, 1940: 47 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Oct 1, 1940: Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens.
  • Oct 2, 1940: 17 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Oct 3, 1940: France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • Oct 4, 1940: 12 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • Oct 6, 1940: Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat and Skyline in San Francisco
  • Oct 7, 1940: Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
  • Oct 8, 1940: German troops enter Romania to protect its oilfields.
  • Oct 9, 1940: World War II: Battle of Britain : During a night-time air raid by the German Luftwaffe, St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, England is hit by a bomb.
  • Oct 14, 1940: Balham subway station disaster, in London, England, occurs during the Nazi Luftwaffe air raids on Great Britain.
  • Oct 16, 1940: Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
  • Oct 17, 1940: German occupiers issue identity cards
  • Oct 18, 1940: Kaufman and Harts George Washington Slept Here, premieres in New York City
  • Oct 20, 1940: Cheese rationed in the Netherlands
  • Oct 21, 1940: RAF drops 1st anti-Nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
  • Oct 24, 1940: Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
  • Oct 25, 1940: Benjamin O Davis Dr became 1st Black general in US Army
  • Oct 26, 1940: The US P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • Oct 28, 1940: Meeting between Hitler and Mussolini in Florence
  • Oct 29, 1940: Secretary of War Henry L Stimson draws first number (158) in first peacetime military draft in US history.
  • Oct 30, 1940: Cole Porters musical Panama hattie, premieres in New York City
  • Oct 31, 1940: 63 U-boats sunk this month
  • Nov 1, 1940: Dutch Curfew forms
  • Nov 4, 1940: Eggs and cake rationed in the Netherlands
  • Nov 5, 1940: Dutch submarine departs Dundee
  • Nov 6, 1940: Franklin D Roosevelt re-elected President
  • Nov 7, 1940: Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Washington State, USA.
  • Nov 8, 1940: RAF bombs Munich
  • Nov 9, 1940: Germany invades Norway and Denmark in WWII
  • Nov 10, 1940: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia play a penalty-free NFL game.
  • Nov 11, 1940: 1,000s Paris students lay reath at Grave of Unknown Soldier
  • Nov 12, 1940: Blizzard strikes midwestern US, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes).
  • Nov 13, 1940: RKO Radio Pictures world premieres Disney's third animated feature film, Fantasia, at New York's Broadway Theater. The film introduces stereophonic sound to motion pictures via a special sound system called Fantasound. This is Mickey Mouse' feature film debut, in the segment The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  • Nov 14, 1940: During WWII, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
  • Nov 15, 1940: 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls
  • Nov 16, 1940: World War II: in response to the leveling of Coventry, England by Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • Nov 17, 1940: Green Bay Packers become first NFL team to travel by plane.
  • Nov 18, 1940: World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous Italian invasion of Greece.
  • Nov 19, 1940: Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 20, 1940: Hungary joins 3 Power pact
  • Nov 21, 1940: Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in the Netherlands
  • Nov 22, 1940: 500 students in Delft demonstrate against Nazis
  • Nov 23, 1940: 1st edition of illegal The Truth publishes
  • Nov 24, 1940: World War II: The First Slovak Republic becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.
  • Nov 25, 1940: Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
  • Nov 26, 1940: Leidse students strike
  • Nov 27, 1940: 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan
  • Nov 28, 1940: Cleveringa arrested by Nazis
  • Nov 30, 1940: 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
  • Dec 1, 1940: Manuel Ávila Camacho takes office as President of Mexico.
  • Dec 6, 1940: Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter / poster artist Helen Ernst
  • Dec 9, 1940: British assault on Banghazi Libya.
  • Dec 10, 1940: British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani).
  • Dec 11, 1940: Russian General Zhukov warns of German assault.
  • Dec 12, 1940: British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani.
  • Dec 16, 1940: Joe Louis knocks out Al McCoy in six rounds for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dec 17, 1940: British troops occupies Sollum
  • Dec 20, 1940: Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Kansas City Athletics for US$42,000.
  • Dec 21, 1940: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack in Hollywood, California at age 44.
  • Dec 22, 1940: World War II: Himare is captured by the Greek army.
  • Dec 23, 1940: World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (?-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
  • Dec 24, 1940: Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual non-violence leader writes his second letter to Adolf Hitler addressing him quotMy friendquot, requesting him to stop the war Germany had begun.
  • Dec 25, 1940: Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts Pal Joey, premieres in New York City
  • Dec 28, 1940: Arthur Morris scores 111 in second innings of first game after 148.
  • Dec 29, 1940: Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London, England.
  • Dec 30, 1940: In Sweden, Victor Hasselblad forms the Victor Hasselblad AB Camera Company.
  • Dec 31, 1940: 37 U-boats sunk this month
  • Jan 7, 1940: Winter War: Battle of Raate Road: The Finnish 9th Division finally defeat the numerically superior Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.


What does the year 1940 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1940 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 41st year of the 20th century and the 0th year of the 1940s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1939 and precedes 1941.

calendars for year 1940

Can you show me the calendar for the year 1940?

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