1940 in History
January 3 WPG-AM in Atlantic City New Jersey consolidates with WBIL and WOV as "new" WOV
January 5 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
January 5 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
January 8 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter and sugar)
January 9 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
January 9 J Thurber and E Nugent's "Male Animal," premieres in New York City
January 11 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet premieres in Leningrad
January 14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
January 14 NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
January 15 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
January 21 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands under censorship
January 22 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
January 23 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
January 25 Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
January 26 Nazi's forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
January 27 -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
January 30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
January 30 Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
January 30 Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
January 31 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
January 31 C Turney and J Horwin's "My Dear Children," premieres in New York City
February 1 Russia begins new offensive against Finland
February 2 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
February 5 General Winckelman replaces General Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
February 5 Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
February 7 British railroads nationalized
February 7 Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (New York City)
February 8 Lewis and Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show," premieres in New York City
February 8 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
February 9 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
February 10 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
February 10 Tom and Jerry created by Hanna and Barbera debut by MGM
February 10 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
February 10 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
February 13 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Australia at the WACA
February 14 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
February 16 British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
February 17 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA vs. West Australia
February 17 British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
February 20 Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
February 22 Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
February 22 German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
February 23 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
February 23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
February 24 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
February 25 1st televised (W2XBS, New York City) hockey game (Rangers vs. Canadians)
February 26 U.S. Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, New York
February 28 1st televised basketball game (University of Pittsburgh beats Fordham University, 50-37)
February 28 Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
February 28 U.S. population at 131,669,275
February 29 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
February 29 Frederic from G and S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
February 29 'Gone with the Wind' wins 8 Oscars
February 29 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
March 1 12th Academy Awards 'Gone with the Wind', Robert Donat and Vovoem Leigh win
March 1 Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
March 2 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, MSG, New York City
March 2 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
March 3 Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
March 6 1st U.S. telecast from an airplane, New York City
March 7 Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
March 7 Ray Steele beats B. Nagurski in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
March 10 1st U.S. opera telecast, W2XBS, New York City, I Pagliacci
March 12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
March 13 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, Finland gives up Karelische
March 14 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas
March 15 Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
March 16 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
March 18 Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France and Britain
March 19 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
March 19 French government of Daladier, falls
March 20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
March 23 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
March 23 All-India-Moslem League calls for a Moslem homeland
March 26 Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Glazer premiere in New York City
March 27 Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice
March 29 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
March 30 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
March 31 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)
April 4 R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher and Higher," premieres in New York City
April 7 7th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
April 7 Booker T. Washington, 1st black to appear on U.S. stamp
April 8 Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
April 9 German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
April 9 Germany invades Norway and Denmark during WW II, Denmark surrenders
April 10 Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
April 12 Italy annexes Albania
April 12 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
April 13 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
April 13 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
April 13 Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
April 14 Allied troops land in Norway
April 14 RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia
April 15 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
April 16 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
April 16 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
April 16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht," premieres in Rio de Janeiro
April 19 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
April 19 Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
April 19 "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
April 20 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
April 21 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
April 21 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
April 22 Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before U.S. Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
April 23 Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
April 23 New York Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
April 27 Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
April 28 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
April 28 Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
April 29 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr. Malone" on CBS
April 29 Norwegian King Haakon and government flees to England
April 29 Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night," premieres in New York City
April 30 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0
May 1 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
May 4 21 "not neutral" nazis and communists arrested in Netherlands
May 4 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
May 5 Norwegian government in exile forms in London
May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
May 7 Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain
May 10 British Local Defense Volunteers (Home Guard) forms
May 10 Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
May 10 Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
May 10 French marines stationed on Aruba
May 10 French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
May 10 Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg
May 10 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
May 11 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
May 11 New York World's Fair reopens
May 12 French mariners occupy St. Maarten
May 12 German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
May 12 Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
May 13 British bomb factory at Breda
May 13 Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat"
May 13 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
May 13 German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
May 14 Admiral Furstner departs to England
May 14 Boston's Jimmie Foxx home run goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
May 14 German breakthrough at Sedan
May 14 Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
May 14 Nazi bombs Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrender to Germany
May 15 1st nylon stockings sold in U.S.
May 15 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300
May 15 German armour division moves into Northern France
May 15 German troops occupy Amsterdam, General Winkelman surrenders
May 15 Nazi's capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
May 15 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
May 16 Nazi's forbid non-professional auto workers
May 16 Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
May 17 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
May 17 Nazi's bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
May 18 German troops conquer Brussels
May 19 Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)
May 19 French counter attack at Peronne under General De Gaulle
May 20 General Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)
May 20 Igor Sikorsky unveils his helicopter invention
May 20 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
May 20 Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
May 21 Allied counter attack at Atrecht North-France
May 21 AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
May 21 Reynaud forms French government
May 22 Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
May 22 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
May 23 1st great dogfight between Spitfires
May 24 1st night game at New York's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
May 24 1st night game at St. Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
May 24 Dutch army demobilizes
May 24 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
May 24 German tanks reach Atrecht France
May 24 Hitler affirms General von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
May 24 New York Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
May 25 German troops conquer Boulogne
May 25 Golden Gate International Expo reopens
May 26 Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
May 27 British and French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)
May 28 Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
May 28 British-French troops capture Narvik Norway
May 28 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase," premieres in New York City
May 29 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
May 29 Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of Hague, Netherlands
May 29 In WW II, Germans capture Ostend and Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France
May 31 General-major Bernard Montgomery leaves Duinkerken
May 31 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
June 1 Coffee and tea rationed in Holland
June 1 General-major Bernard Montgomery returns to London
June 1 Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard
June 2 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
June 3 Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk
June 4 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
June 4 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
June 4 British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops
June 4 German forces enter Paris
June 4 The synthetic rubber tire unveiled
June 4 Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas and oceans"
June 5 1st synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron Oh
June 5 Battle of France begins in WW II
June 5 General De Gaulle becomes under minister of Defense
June 5 General Von Bock starts German offensive in Somme
June 5 Governor of Suriname and Netherlands Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
June 5 Netherlands rations petroleum
June 7 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
June 8 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
June 8 Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
June 8 Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
June 9 44th U.S. Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury Golf Club Ohio
June 9 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
June 9 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
June 10 French government moves to Bordeaux
June 10 German "Dutch Q-ship Atlantis" sinks Norwegian tanker
June 10 German 5th Armour division occupies Rouen
June 10 Italy declares war on France and Britain during WW II
June 11 Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
June 11 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
June 13 Paris evacuates before German advance
June 14 Auschwitz concentration camp opens, 3 million killed there
June 14 German forces occupied Paris during WW II
June 14 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
June 15 38 Italians Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province
June 15 Bread and flour rationed in Holland
June 15 France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris
June 15 Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
June 16 Communist government installed in Lithuania
June 16 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
June 17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
June 17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
June 17 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
June 17 U.S.S.R. occupies Estonia
June 18 General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers
June 18 German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs and chickens
June 18 Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that "this was their finest hour"
June 19 "Brenda Starr," 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
June 19 German 7th Armour division under General-Major Rommel occupies Cherbourg
June 19 Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses and ships
June 20 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
June 21 German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
June 22 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
June 22 SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands
June 23 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
June 24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
June 25 Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower and grave of Napoleon in France
June 26 End of U.S.S.R. experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
June 27 Soviet Army attacks Romania
June 27 U.S.S.R. returns to Gregorian calendar
June 28 "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
June 28 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
June 29 Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
June 29 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
June 29 U.S. passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
June 30 58 U-boats (284,000 ton) sunk this month
June 30 "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
June 30 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forms
July 1 Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
July 2 Dutch Prime Minister Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
July 2 Hitler orders invasion of England
July 2 Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
July 3 ARP-leader/ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
July 3 British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in North Africa
July 3 German occupiers forbids using Dutch royal names
July 4 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
July 4 German occupiers forbids anti-nazis speeches
July 5 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain and Vichy government in France
July 9 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
July 9 German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
July 9 RAF bombs Germany
July 10 Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air, 114 days
July 10 German planes attack British ships in the Canal
July 11 British and German dogfight above Lyme Bay
July 14 Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
July 14 Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
July 15 1st betatron placed in operation, Urbana, Ilinois
July 15 Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
July 16 NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee
July 18 1st successful helicopter flight, Stratford, Connecticut
July 18 British government signs Bruma law under Japanese pressure
July 18 Democratic Convention nominates Franklin D. Roosevelt for a 3rd term
July 19 Hitler orders Great Britain to surrenders
July 19 Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald
July 19 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid anti-nazi films
July 20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
July 20 Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
July 20 Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
July 21 Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
July 21 VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands
July 22 Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks
July 23 "Blitz" all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
July 24 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
July 24 Linthorst Homan, de Quay and Einthoven forms Dutch Union
July 25 John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours 46 minutes in the Mississippi River
July 27 Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
July 27 Bugs Bunny debuts in "Wild Hare"
July 28 Radio Orange, London begins
July 28 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 home runs to beat White Sox 10-9
July 29 Urk soccer team forms
July 31 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
July 31 Riech's commissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals
August 2 Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
August 2 KL-House of saxon and commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
August 3 German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters and English and French movies
August 3 Italian troops invade British Somalia
August 3 Lithuanian SSR is accepted into U.S.S.R.
August 3 Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passagiersvlucht to the U.S.
August 5 "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
August 5 St. Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
August 6 Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
August 7 Churchill recognizes De Gaulle government in exile
August 7 Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 cent 1856 British Guiana)
August 8 31 German aircraft shot down over England
August 8 Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks
August 10 Prince Bernhard Fund forms
August 11 38 German aircrafts shot down above England
August 11 German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth
August 12 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircrafts
August 12 Netherlands starts rationing textile
August 13 Germany air attack on South England (Battle of Britain begins)
August 13 Goering's "Adler Tag" 45-48 German aircrafts shotdown over South-Engld
August 14 Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
August 15 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazi)
August 15 Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircrafts damaged
August 16 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
August 17 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William M. King agree to joint defense commission
August 17 Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
August 18 71 German aircrafts shot down above England
August 20 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
August 20 British Prime Minister Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
August 20 Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, icepicked by Frank Jackson, dies Aug 21
August 23 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
August 23 Queen Wilhelmina fires premier De Geer
August 24 Luftwaffe bombs London
August 24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits and 1 run
August 25 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
August 25 1st parachute wedding
August 25 Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
August 26 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
August 27 Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
August 28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support General De Gaulle
August 29 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
August 31 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
August 31 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
August 31 Fighter Command loses 39/Luftwaffe 41 airplanes
August 31 German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap ration
August 31 U.S. National Guard assembles
September 1 General George Marshall sworn in as chief of staff of U.S. army
September 2 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa
September 2 Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated
September 3 1st showing of color TV
September 3 39.4 CM rainfall at Sapulpa Oklahoma (state record)
September 3 Hitler orders invasion in England on Sept 21 (Operation-Seelowe)
September 3 Netherlands government in exile of Gerbrandy forms London
September 3 Sicherheits police bans Free masons, Rotary and Red Cross
September 3 U.S. gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
September 4 Gerbrandy becomes premier of Dutch government in exile
September 4 Mussert sends telegram, that Hitler has captured the Dutch
September 4 Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Netherlands in Hitler's hands
September 6 Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
September 6 Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France
September 7 54th U.S. Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (62 63)
September 7 60th U.S. Mens Tennis: McNeill beats Robert Riggs (46 68 63 63 75)
September 7 German Air Force blitz London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights
September 7 Luftwaffe loses 41 bombers above England
September 9 28 German aircraft shot down above England
September 9 60th U.S. Mens Tennis: W D McNeill beats Robert L Riggs (46 68 63 63 75)
September 11 54th Postmaster General: Frank C. Walker of Pennsylvania takes office
September 11 Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS
September 11 Hitler begins operation-Seelowe (invasion England)
September 12 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
September 12 49 die and 200 injured when Hercules Powder Company plant explodes, New Jersey
September 12 Italian troops enter Egypt
September 13 Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
September 14 Congress passes 1st peace-time draft law
September 14 German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; 100s die
September 15 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
September 15 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
September 15 Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company
September 15 Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits #11 Fighter Group
September 15 Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
September 16 Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
September 16 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"
September 16 Luftwaffe attacks center of London
September 16 Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of House
September 16 St. Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to home run from each side of plate
September 17 Hitler begins invasion of England (operation Seelowe)
September 17 Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
September 18 19 German aircrafts shot down above England
September 18 Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda," premieres in New York City
September 18 Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
September 19 Nazi decree forbids gentile woman to work in Jewish homes
September 23 Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler
September 23 French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
September 24 Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career home run
September 24 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire-factory in Southampton
September 25 German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
September 25 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire-factory in Southampton
September 26 Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
September 26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
September 27 55 German aircraft shot down above England
September 27 Black leaders protest discrimination in U.S. Armed Forces
September 27 Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller
September 27 Nazi-Germany, Italy and Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
September 27 Yankees, lose to A's and eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935
September 28 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
September 28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 and 94 yard touchdowns
September 28 Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
September 29 1st U.S. merchant ship "Booker T Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware
September 29 "Double or Nothing," a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
September 29 "Strike Up Band," opens
September 30 47 German aircrafts shot down above England
September 30 59 U-boats sunk this month (295,000 tons)
October 1 Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
October 2 17 German aircrafts shot down above England
October 2 British Council receives British Charter
October 2 British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
October 3 France Vichy government proclaims end to Jewish status
October 3 Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
October 3 U.S. forms parachute troops
October 4 12 German aircraft shot down above England
October 4 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps
October 4 French Vichy-regime proclaims end of "Statut of the Juifs"
October 4 Wrestling returns to Madison Square Garden after 12 year lay off
October 6 Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat and Skyline in SF
October 7 Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
October 8 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
October 8 German troops occupies Romania
October 12 Hitler begins operation-Seelowe (invasion of England)
October 15 Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
October 15 London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans
October 16 Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army
October 16 Lottery for 1st U.S. WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
October 16 Warsaw Ghetto forms
October 17 German occupiers issue identity cards
October 18 Kaufman and Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in New York City
October 20 Cheese rationed in Netherlands
October 20 Greenhouse rationing begins in Netherlands
October 21 RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
October 24 40 hour work week goes into effect (Fair Labor Standards of 1938)
October 24 Hitler meets Marshal Petain
October 24 Japan eliminates U.S. terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
October 24 Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
October 25 Benjamin O. Davis became 1st Black general in U.S. Army
October 25 Col Bo Davis attains rank of Brigadier General
October 25 Duke, Latouche and Felter's musical premieres in New York City
October 25 U.S. Army General Benjamin Davis becomes 1st black general
October 28 Greece successfully resists Italy's attack
October 28 Meeting between Hitler and Mussolini in Florence
October 29 Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew 1st number-158-in 1st peacetime military draft in U.S. history
October 30 Cole Porters musical "Panama hattie," premieres in New York City
October 31 63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
October 31 Battle of Britain: Germany and Britair control of English Channel, ends
October 31 Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto
November 1 1st U.S. air raid shelter, Fleetwood, Pa
November 1 Dutch "Curfew" forms (12 AM - 4 AM)
November 4 Eggs and cake rationed in Netherlands
November 5 Dutch submarine departs Dundee
November 5 President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)
November 5 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race
November 6 Franklin D. Roosevelt re-elected president
November 7 Stravinsky's Symfonie in C premieres in Chicago
November 7 Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Wash
November 8 RAF bombs Munich
November 9 Germany invades Norway and Denmark in WW II
November 10 Pittsburgh and Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game
November 11 1,000s Paris students lay reath at Grave of Unknown Soldier
November 11 Blizzard strikes midwestern U.S. killing over 100
November 11 British air attack destroys half of Italian fleet
November 11 Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle - Jeep
November 12 Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
November 13 Walt Disney's "Fantasia" released
November 14 During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
November 15 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
November 15 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls
November 15 New York Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
November 17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
November 18 George Matesky Mad Bomber's 1st time-bomb
November 19 Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler
November 19 German air raid on Birmingham fails
November 20 German air raid on Birmingham fails
November 20 Hungary joins 3 Power pact
November 21 Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands
November 22 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis
November 23 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
November 23 Romania signs Driemogendheden pact
November 25 Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
November 25 University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
November 25 Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock"
November 26 Leidse students strike
November 26 Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
November 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
November 27 Nazis signs Technical Hague court Delft
November 28 Cleveringa arrested by nazis
November 30 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)
November 30 Lucille Ball weds Desi Arnaz
December 6 Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
December 6 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
December 7 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
December 8 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
December 9 British assault on Banghazi Libya
December 9 British troops 1st major offensive in No Africa (Libya) during WW II
December 9 Illeagal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
December 9 South Australia all out for 47 vs. NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
December 10 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
December 11 Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
December 12 British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
December 16 British air raid on Mannheim
December 16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago
December 17 British troops occupies Sollum
December 20 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000
December 23 John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance," premieres in New York City
December 25 Bradman out 1st ball for SA vs. Victoria before 6213
December 25 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey," premieres in New York City
December 26 1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
December 26 JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in New York City
December 28 Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
December 29 Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
December 29 NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
December 30 California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens
December 31 37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)