1940

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.

1940

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.

Discover how the world looked like in 1940

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 13rd edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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

Country: United States of America

Best director

John Ford

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Best actor

James Stewart

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

Directed by: George Cukor

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

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Ginger Rogers

Kitty Foyle

Kitty Foyle

Directed by: Sam Wood

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Eduardo Ciannelli

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Jane Darwell

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Country: United States of America

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1940?


Top #1 songs in the USA

  • - We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me)
  • - Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

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

Country: United States of America

The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Country: United States of America

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Country: United States of America

Rebecca

Rebecca

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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

Country: United States of America

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1940 in the USA ?

history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1940?


Events

  • 03 Jan WPG-AM in Atlantic City, New Jersey consolidates with WBIL andWOV as new WOV
  • 04 Jan WWII: Axis powers: Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring assumes control of most war industries in Germany.
  • 05 Jan FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • 06 Jan WWII: Winter War: General Semyon Timoshenko takes command of all Russian forces.
  • 08 Jan World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
  • 09 Jan WWII British submarine is sunk.
  • 10 Jan 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 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers.
  • 21 Jan Foreign correspondents in the Netherlands under censorship
  • 22 Jan 1st radio broadcast of Road to Happiness on CBS
  • 23 Jan Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile.
  • 26 Jan Brisbane, Australia swelters through its hottest day ever, 43.2 degrees Celsius (109.76 Fahrenheit).
  • 27 Jan -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia, USA (state record).
  • 29 Jan Three trains on the Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. 181 people are killed.
  • 30 Jan Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race.
  • 31 Jan 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • 01 Feb Russia begins new offensive against Finland.
  • 02 Feb 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
  • 05 Feb Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record Tuxedo Junction
  • 07 Feb British railroads are nationalized.
  • 08 Feb Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 09 Feb Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 10 Feb In The Mood by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • 14 Feb British merchant vessel fleet is armed.
  • 16 Feb British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
  • 17 Feb British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
  • 20 Feb Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record Limehouse Blues
  • 22 Feb German air force sinks two German destroyers, killing 578.
  • 23 Feb Russian troops conquer Lasi Island.
  • 24 Feb Frances Langford records When You Wish Upon a Star
  • 25 Feb 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs. Canadians)
  • 26 Feb US Air Defense Command established at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York.
  • 28 Feb 1st televised basketball game (University of Pittsburgh beats Fordham University, 50-37)
  • 29 Feb Gone with the Wind, wins 8 Oscars
  • 01 Mar 12th Academy Awards: Gone With the Wind, Robert Donat and Vivien Leigh win.
  • 02 Mar Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland.
  • 03 Mar Artie Shaw records Frenesi on RCA Victor label
  • 05 Mar Members of Soviet politburo sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, known also as the Katyn massacre.
  • 06 Mar First US telecast from an airplane, New York City, New York.
  • 07 Mar Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, to become wrestling champion.
  • 10 Mar 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • 11 Mar Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck and six others leave Monterey, California for The Sea of Cortez on a collecting expedition.
  • 12 Mar Finland surrenders to Russia during WWII, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • 13 Mar Finland-Russian cease fire signed, Finland gives up Karelische
  • 14 Mar 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas, USA.
  • 16 Mar 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 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 French government of Edouard Daladier falls.
  • 21 Mar Édouard Daladier resigns as prime minister of France Paul Reynaud succeeds him.
  • 23 Mar All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland.
  • 26 Mar Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Glazer premiere in New York City
  • 29 Mar Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paycheck in two rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title.
  • 31 Mar Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (lasts until 1956).
  • 02 Apr 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.
  • 03 Apr WWII: Operation ''Weserübung'': German ships set out for the invasion of Norway.
  • 05 Apr Neville Chamberlain, in what proves to be a tragic misjudgment, declares in a major public speech that Hitler has quotmissed the busquot.
  • 07 Apr 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T Washington)
  • 08 Apr Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • 09 Apr Germany invades Norway and Denmark during WWII (Denmark surrenders)
  • 10 Apr Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian national government
  • 12 Apr NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards.
  • 13 Apr 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
  • 14 Apr Allied troops land in Norway
  • 15 Apr British troops land at Narvik, Norway.
  • 16 Apr Cleveland Indians' Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter versus Chicago, 1-0.
  • 19 Apr Lake Shore Ltd train derails, killing 34 near Little Falls, New York.
  • 20 Apr 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 21 Apr Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer.
  • 22 Apr Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable (He was right).
  • 23 Apr New York Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert.
  • 27 Apr Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • 28 Apr Glenn Miller records Pennsylvania 6-5000
  • 29 Apr 1st radio broadcast of Young Dr Malone on CBS
  • 30 Apr Brooklyn Dodgers' Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0.
  • 01 May The 1940 Olympics are cancelled.
  • 04 May 21 not neutral Nazis and communists arrested in the Netherlands
  • 05 May Norwegian Government in exile forms in London, England.
  • 06 May Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
  • 07 May Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain
  • 09 May World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks the French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder.
  • 10 May Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
  • 11 May 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6.
  • 12 May German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug.
  • 13 May Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat".
  • 14 May Admiral Furstner departs to England
  • 15 May 1st nylon stockings sold in US
  • 16 May Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
  • 17 May Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
  • 18 May German troops conquer Brussels
  • 19 May Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time).
  • 20 May Gen Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)
  • 21 May Allied counter-attack at Atrecht, North-France.
  • 22 May Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with Germans.
  • 23 May 1st great dogfight between Spitfires
  • 24 May 1st night game at St. Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
  • 25 May German troops conquer Boulogne
  • 26 May Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
  • 27 May British and French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)
  • 28 May Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
  • 29 May In WWII, Germans capture Ostend andYpres in Belgium andLille in France
  • 01 Jun Coffee and tea rationed in Holland
  • 02 Jun Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
  • 03 Jun Last British / French troop leave Dunkirk
  • 04 Jun 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • 05 Jun American Negro Theater organizes
  • 07 Jun British / French troops evacuate Narvik
  • 08 Jun 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • 09 Jun 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
  • 10 Jun French government moves to Bordeaux
  • 11 Jun Italy declares war on allies / raids Malta
  • 12 Jun World War II: 13,000 British and French troops surrender to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.
  • 13 Jun WWII: Paris is declared an open city.
  • 14 Jun Auschwitz concentration camp opens (3 million killed there)
  • 15 Jun 38 Italians Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province
  • 16 Jun General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • 17 Jun France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WWII
  • 18 Jun Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers
  • 19 Jun Brenda Starr, 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
  • 20 Jun Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 21 Jun German occupiers disband Dutch States-General / Council of State
  • 22 Jun France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • 23 Jun Marcel Louette seeks opposition group White Brigade on Antwerp
  • 24 Jun France signs an armistice with Italy during WWII
  • 25 Jun Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower and grave of Napoleon in France
  • 26 Jun End of the USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6 / 27
  • 27 Jun Soviet Army attacks Romania
  • 28 Jun Quiz Kids? premieres on radio.
  • 29 Jun Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
  • 30 Jun Brenda Starr cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
  • 01 Jul Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • 02 Jul Dutch Prime Minister Colijn publishes Borders of 2 Worlds (German victory)
  • 03 Jul ARP-leader / ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
  • 04 Jul British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 05 Jul Diplomatic relations broken between Great Britain and Vichy government in France.
  • 06 Jul British submarine is sunk.
  • 09 Jul German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
  • 10 Jul Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air (114 days)
  • 11 Jul British and German dogfight above Lyme Bay
  • 14 Jul Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
  • 15 Jul Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
  • 18 Jul British government signs Bruma law under Japanese pressure
  • 19 Jul Hitler orders Great Britain to surrenders
  • 20 Jul Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in the Netherlands
  • 21 Jul Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • 22 Jul Dutch Prime Minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks
  • 23 Jul Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
  • 24 Jul 1st illegal Newsletter of Pieter It Hen publishes in the Netherlands
  • 25 Jul John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours 46 minutes in the Mississippi River
  • 27 Jul Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts.
  • 28 Jul Radio Orange, London begins
  • 29 Jul Urk soccer team forms
  • 31 Jul 38 U-boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
  • 01 Aug WWII: British submarine is sunk.
  • 02 Aug Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
  • 03 Aug German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters and English and French movies
  • 04 Aug 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.
  • 05 Aug Acquaintance blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
  • 06 Aug Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
  • 07 Aug Churchill recognizes De Gaulle government in exile
  • 08 Aug 31 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • 10 Aug Prince Bernhard Fund forms
  • 11 Aug 38 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 12 Aug Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircrafts
  • 13 Aug Germany air attack on South England (Battle of Britain begins)
  • 14 Aug Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
  • 15 Aug 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazi)
  • 16 Aug 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • 17 Aug FDR and Canadian Prime Minister William M King agree to joint defense commission
  • 18 Aug 71 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 19 Aug First flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.
  • 20 Aug 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
  • 21 Aug Leon Trotsky dies of injuries sustained.
  • 23 Aug German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
  • 24 Aug Luftwaffe bombs London
  • 25 Aug 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • 26 Aug RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • 27 Aug Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan).
  • 28 Aug French colonies Cameroon / Congo-Brazzaville support General De Gaulle
  • 29 Aug 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
  • 30 Aug The Second Vienna Award re-assigns the territory of Northern Transylvania from Romania to Hungary.
  • 31 Aug 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • 01 Sep Gen George Marshall sworn in as Chief of Staff of US army
  • 02 Sep 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey Country Club - Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • 03 Sep 39.4 CM rainfall at Sapulpa Oklahoma (state record)
  • 04 Sep CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • 05 Sep 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''.
  • 06 Sep Crown Prince Michael succeeds Carol II as King of Romania
  • 07 Sep 54th US Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (62 63)
  • 09 Sep 28 German aircraft shot down above England
  • 10 Sep Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb
  • 11 Sep 54th Postmaster General: Frank C Walker of Pa takes office
  • 12 Sep 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • 13 Sep Buckingham Palace destroyed by German bombs
  • 14 Sep German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; 100s die
  • 15 Sep Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
  • 16 Sep Dutch SS forms
  • 17 Sep Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
  • 18 Sep 19 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 19 Sep Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance.
  • 24 Sep Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career home run.
  • 25 Sep German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
  • 26 Sep Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
  • 27 Sep 55 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 28 Sep 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
  • 29 Sep Double or Nothing, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
  • 30 Sep 47 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 01 Oct Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens.
  • 02 Oct 17 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 03 Oct France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
  • 04 Oct 12 German aircrafts shot down above England
  • 06 Oct Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat and Skyline in San Francisco
  • 07 Oct Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
  • 08 Oct German troops enter Romania to protect its oilfields.
  • 09 Oct 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.
  • 14 Oct Balham subway station disaster, in London, England, occurs during the Nazi Luftwaffe air raids on Great Britain.
  • 16 Oct Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
  • 17 Oct German occupiers issue identity cards
  • 18 Oct Kaufman and Harts George Washington Slept Here, premieres in New York City
  • 20 Oct Cheese rationed in the Netherlands
  • 21 Oct RAF drops 1st anti-Nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
  • 24 Oct Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
  • 25 Oct Benjamin O Davis Dr became 1st Black general in US Army
  • 26 Oct The US P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
  • 28 Oct Meeting between Hitler and Mussolini in Florence
  • 29 Oct Secretary of War Henry L Stimson draws first number (158) in first peacetime military draft in US history.
  • 30 Oct Cole Porters musical Panama hattie, premieres in New York City
  • 31 Oct 63 U-boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
  • 01 Nov Dutch Curfew forms (12 AM - 4 AM)
  • 04 Nov Eggs and cake rationed in the Netherlands
  • 05 Nov Dutch submarine departs Dundee
  • 06 Nov Franklin D Roosevelt re-elected President
  • 07 Nov Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Washington State, USA.
  • 08 Nov RAF bombs Munich
  • 09 Nov Germany invades Norway and Denmark in WWII
  • 10 Nov Pittsburgh and Philadelphia play a penalty-free NFL game.
  • 11 Nov 1,000s Paris students lay reath at Grave of Unknown Soldier
  • 12 Nov Blizzard strikes midwestern US, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes).
  • 13 Nov 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.
  • 14 Nov During WWII, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
  • 15 Nov 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls
  • 16 Nov 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.
  • 17 Nov Green Bay Packers become first NFL team to travel by plane.
  • 18 Nov World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous invasion of Greece.
  • 19 Nov Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler
  • 20 Nov Hungary joins 3 Power pact
  • 21 Nov Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in the Netherlands
  • 22 Nov 500 students in Delft demonstrate against Nazis
  • 23 Nov 1st edition of illegal The Truth publishes
  • 24 Nov World War II: Slovakia becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.
  • 25 Nov Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
  • 26 Nov Leidse students strike
  • 27 Nov 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • 28 Nov Cleveringa arrested by Nazis
  • 30 Nov 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
  • 01 Dec Manuel Ávila Camacho takes office as President of Mexico.
  • 06 Dec Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter / poster artist Helen Ernst
  • 09 Dec British assault on Banghazi Libya.
  • 10 Dec British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani).
  • 11 Dec Russian General Zhukov warns of German assault.
  • 12 Dec British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani.
  • 16 Dec Joe Louis knocks out Al McCoy in six rounds for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 17 Dec British troops occupies Sollum
  • 20 Dec Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Kansas City Athletics for US$42,000.
  • 21 Dec Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack in Hollywood, California at age 44.
  • 22 Dec World War II: Himare is captured by the Greek army.
  • 23 Dec World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (?-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
  • 24 Dec 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.
  • 25 Dec Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts Pal Joey, premieres in New York City
  • 28 Dec Arthur Morris scores 111 in second innings of first game after 148.
  • 29 Dec Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London, England.
  • 30 Dec In Sweden, Victor Hasselblad forms the Victor Hasselblad AB Camera Company.
  • 31 Dec 37 U-boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)