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  • The Coronado Theatre in Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday Jan 26, 1940

    Frank Sinatra

    1st Appearance with The New Band

    The Coronado Theatre in Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday Jan 26, 1940

    On January 26, 1940, he made his first public appearance with the band (the Tommy Dorsey band) at the Coronado Theatre in Rockford, Illinois,opening the show with "Stardust".




  • Glendale, California, U.S.
    Friday Jan 26, 1940

    Ronald Reagan

    Marriage

    Glendale, California, U.S.
    Friday Jan 26, 1940

    Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman married on January 26, 1940 at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California.




  • Greece
    Sunday Jan 28, 1940

    World War II

    Greco-Italian War

    Greece
    Sunday Jan 28, 1940

    In October Italy attacked Greece, but the attack was repulsed with heavy Italian casualties; the campaign ended within months with minor territorial changes. The Greco-Italian War took place between Italy and Greece from 28 October 1940 to 23 April 1941. This local war began the Balkans Campaign of World War II between the Axis powers and the Allies. It turned into the Battle of Greece when British and German ground forces intervened early in 1941.




  • Mexico City, Mexico
    Sunday Jan 28, 1940

    Carlos Slim

    Birth

    Mexico City, Mexico
    Sunday Jan 28, 1940

    Slim was born on 28 January 1940, in Mexico City.




  • Cyrenaica, Libya
    Tuesday Feb 6, 1940

    World War II

    Operation Sonnenblaume

    Cyrenaica, Libya
    Tuesday Feb 6, 1940

    Italian defeats prompted Germany to deploy an expeditionary force to North Africa. Operation Sonnenblaume (6 February - 25 May) was the name given to the dispatch of German troops to North Africa in February 1941, The Italian 10th Army had been destroyed by the British and Allied Western Desert Force attacks during Operation Compass (9 December 1940 – 9 February 1941). Sonnenblume succeeded because the ability of the Germans to mount an offensive was underestimated by General Archbald Wavell, the Commander in Chief Middle East, the War Office and by Winston Churchill.




  • Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Saturday Mar 9, 1940

    Igor Stravinsky

    2nd Marriage

    Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Saturday Mar 9, 1940

    Vera followed Stravinsky in January, and they were married in Bedford, Massachusetts, on 9 March 1940.




  • Ireland
    Sunday Mar 17, 1940

    St. Patrick's Day

    Holy week concurrence

    Ireland
    Sunday Mar 17, 1940

    The church calendar avoids the observance of saints' feasts during certain solemnities, moving the saint's day to a time outside those periods. St Patrick's Day is occasionally affected by this requirement, when 17 March falls during Holy Week. This happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on 3 April to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and again in 2008, where it was officially observed on 15 March. St Patrick's Day will not fall within Holy Week again until 2160. However, the popular festivities may still be held on 17 March or on a weekend near to the feast day.


  • Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 18, 1940

    Alan Turing

    Installing the first Bombe

    Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 18, 1940

    Within weeks of arriving at Bletchley Park, Turing had specified an electromechanical machine called the bombe, which could break Enigma more effectively than the Polish bomba kryptologiczna, from which its name was derived. The first bombe was installed on 18 March 1940.


  • Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 26, 1940

    Nancy Pelosi

    Birth

    Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 26, 1940

    Pelosi was born in Baltimore to an Italian-American family. She was the only girl and the youngest of seven children of Annunciata M. "Nancy" D'Alesandro (née Lombardi) and Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., who both had Italian roots.


  • Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    World War II

    Operation Wilfred

    Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    Operation Wilfred was a British naval operation during the Second World War that involved the mining of the channel between Norway and her offshore islands to prevent the transport of Swedish iron ore through neutral Norwegian waters to be used to sustain the German war effort. The Allies assumed that Wilfred would provoke a German response in Norway and prepared a separate operation known as Plan R 4 to occupy Narvik and other important locations. On 8 April 1940, the operation was partly carried out, but was overtaken by events as a result of the following day′s German invasion of Norway and Denmark (Operation Weserübung), which began the Norwegian Campaign.


  • Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    World War II

    Norwegian campaign

    Norway
    Monday Apr 8, 1940

    The Norwegian campaign was an attempted Allied occupation of northern Norway, during the early stages of World War II. Resulted evacuation of the Norwegian government and the royal family, establishment of the Norwegian armed forces from the exile. The 62 days of fighting made Norway the nation that withstood a German land invasion for the second longest period of time, after the Soviet Union.


  • Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    German forces invaded Denmark and Norway

    Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    On 9 April, German forces invaded Denmark and Norway. On the same day Hitler proclaimed the birth of the Greater Germanic Reich, his vision of a united empire of Germanic nations of Europe in which the Dutch, Flemish, and Scandinavians were joined into a "racially pure" polity under German leadership.


  • Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    World War II

    Operation Weserübung

    Denmark and Norway
    Tuesday Apr 9, 1940

    In April 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway to protect shipments of iron ore from Sweden, which the Allies were attempting to cut off. The operation lasted from 9 April to 10 June 1940.


  • Sweden
    Wednesday Apr 10, 1940

    Harald V

    Escaping To Sweden

    Sweden
    Wednesday Apr 10, 1940

    In 1940 the entire royal family had to flee Oslo because of the German invasion. It was deemed safer for the family to split up. The King and Crown Prince Olav would remain in Norway and the Crown Princess was to make her way to Sweden with the three children. The latter party reached Sweden on the night of 10 April. but although Crown Princess Märtha was Swedish-born, they encountered problems at the border station.


  • Frötuna, Sweden
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1940

    Harald V

    Moving To Prince Carl Bernadotte's Home

    Frötuna, Sweden
    Tuesday Apr 16, 1940

    Harald spent the following days in Sälen before moving to Prince Carl Bernadotte's home in Frötuna on 16 April.


  • Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 26, 1940

    Harald V

    Moving to Drottningholm

    Drottningholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 26, 1940

    On 26 April the group moved to Drottningholm in Stockholm.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 1940

    World War II

    The Norway Debate

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 1940

    The Norway Debate, sometimes called the Narvik Debate, was a momentous debate in the British House of Commons during the Second World War from 7 to 9 May 1940. It has been called the most far-reaching parliamentary debate of the twentieth century. At the end of the second day, the members held a vote of no confidence which was won by the government, but with a drastically reduced majority.


  • France
    Friday May 10, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    Germany attacked France

    France
    Friday May 10, 1940

    In May 1940, Germany attacked France. and conquered Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    World War II

    Neville Chamberlain resignation

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    On 10 May, Neville Chamberlain resigned as prime minister.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    World War II

    Churchill in the office

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    Winston Churchill appointed the prime minster of the United Kingdom.


  • France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
    Friday May 10, 1940

    World War II

    Fall of France

    France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
    Friday May 10, 1940

    Germany launched an offensive against France. To circumvent the strong Maginot Line fortifications on the Franco-German border, Germany directed its attack at the neutral nations of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.


  • Italy
    Monday Jun 10, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    Italy join forces with Hitler

    Italy
    Monday Jun 10, 1940

    These victories prompted Mussolini to have Italy join forces with Hitler on 10 June.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jun 10, 1940

    Marcus Garvey

    Death

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Jun 10, 1940

    Garvey then suffered a second stroke and died at the age of 52 on 10 June 1940.


  • Italian-French Boarders
    Monday Jun 10, 1940

    World War II

    Battle of Alps

    Italian-French Boarders
    Monday Jun 10, 1940

    On 10 June, Italy invaded France, declaring war on both France and the United Kingdom. It was the first major engagement of the World War II.


  • Malta
    Tuesday Jun 11, 1940

    World War II

    Siege of Malta

    Malta
    Tuesday Jun 11, 1940

    In early June 1940 the Italian Royal Air Forces attacked and besieged Malta, a British possession. The siege lasted from June 1940 to November 1942, the fight for the control of the strategically important island of the British Crown Colony of Malta, which pitted the air forces and navies of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany against the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy. By May 1943, the Allied forces had sunk 230 Axis ships in 164 days, the highest Allied sinking rate of the war. The Allied victory in Malta played a major role in the eventual Allied success in North Africa.


  • Tangier, Morocco
    Friday Jun 14, 1940

    Francisco Franco

    Occupied Tangier

    Tangier, Morocco
    Friday Jun 14, 1940

    On 14 June 1940, Spanish forces in Morocco occupied Tangier (a city under the rule of the League of Nations) and did not leave it until the war's end in 1945.


  • Paris, France
    Friday Jun 14, 1940

    World War II

    Surrender of Paris

    Paris, France
    Friday Jun 14, 1940

    German soldiers marched past the Arch de Triomphe after the surrender of Paris.


  • Cameroon
    Wednesday Jun 19, 1940

    Francisco Franco

    Wanted to enter the war

    Cameroon
    Wednesday Jun 19, 1940

    On 19 June 1940, Franco pressed along a message to Hitler saying he wanted to enter the war, but Hitler was annoyed at Franco's demand for the French colony of Cameroon, which had been German before World War I, and which Hitler was planning on taking back for Plan Z.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 20, 1940

    Salvador Dali

    Able to Escape

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 20, 1940

    In 1940, as World War II tore through Europe, Dalí and Gala retreated to the United States, where they lived for eight years splitting their time between New York and Monterey, California. They were able to escape because on June 20, 1940, they were issued visas by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, France. Salvador and Gala Dalí crossed into Portugal and subsequently sailed on the Excambion from Lisbon to New York in August 1940.


  • Compiègne, France
    Saturday Jun 22, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    France armistice

    Compiègne, France
    Saturday Jun 22, 1940

    France and Germany signed an armistice on 22 June.


  • Hathazari, Chittagong, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Bangladesh)
    Friday Jun 28, 1940

    Muhammad Yunus

    Born

    Hathazari, Chittagong, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Bangladesh)
    Friday Jun 28, 1940

    The third of nine children, Yunus was born on 28 June 1940 to a Bengali Muslim family in the village of Bathua, by the Kaptai road in Hathazari, Chittagong in the Bengal Presidency of the British Raj, present Bangladesh.


  • Bessarabia; northern Bukovina (Present Day Moldova)
    Friday Jun 28, 1940

    World War II

    The Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and northern Bukovina

    Bessarabia; northern Bukovina (Present Day Moldova)
    Friday Jun 28, 1940

    Romania and Hungary would make major contributions to the Axis war against the Soviet Union, in Romania's case partially to recapture territory ceded to the Soviet Union. The Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and northern Bukovina took place during June, 28–July 4, 1940 as a result of the Soviet Union ultimatum given to Romania on June 26, 1940, under the threat of the use of force.


  • Mers El Kébir, French Algeria, North Africa (Present Day Algeria)
    Wednesday Jul 3, 1940

    World War II

    Attack on Mers-el-Kébir

    Mers El Kébir, French Algeria, North Africa (Present Day Algeria)
    Wednesday Jul 3, 1940

    France kept its fleet, which the United Kingdom attacked on 3 July in an attempt to prevent its seizure by Germany.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Saturday Jul 6, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    Peak of Hitler's popularity

    Berlin, Germany
    Saturday Jul 6, 1940

    Hitler's popularity within Germany, and German support for the war, reached its peak when he returned to Berlin on 6 July from his tour of Paris.


  • United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jul 10, 1940

    World War II

    Britain is under attack

    United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jul 10, 1940

    The Battle of Britain began in early July with Luftwaffe attacks on shipping and harbors. The United Kingdom rejected Hitler's ultimatum, and the German air superiority campaign started in August but failed to defeat RAF Fighter Command, forcing the indefinite postponement of the proposed German invasion of Britain. The Battle lasted from 10 July to 31 October.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday Jul 19, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    1940 Field Marshal Ceremony

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday Jul 19, 1940

    Following the unexpected swift victory, Hitler promoted twelve generals to the rank of field marshal during the 1940 Field Marshal Ceremony.


  • Kraków, Poland
    Thursday Aug 1, 1940

    Oskar Schindler (Schindler's List)

    Decree Issuance

    Kraków, Poland
    Thursday Aug 1, 1940

    On 1 August 1940, Governor-General Hans Frank issued a decree requiring all Kraków Jews to leave the city within two weeks. Only those who had jobs directly related to the German war effort would be allowed to stay. Of the 60,000 to 80,000 Jews then living in the city, only 15,000 remained by March 1941. These Jews were then forced to leave their traditional neighborhood of Kazimierz and relocate to the walled Kraków Ghetto, established in the industrial Podgórze district. Schindler's workers traveled on foot to and from the ghetto each day to their jobs at the factory. Enlargements to the facility in the four years Schindler was in charge included the addition of an outpatient clinic, co-op, kitchen, and dining room for the workers, in addition to the expansion of the factory and its related office space.


  • Lisbon, Portugal
    Thursday Aug 1, 1940

    Edward VIII

    Left Lisbon

    Lisbon, Portugal
    Thursday Aug 1, 1940

    The Duke and Duchess left Lisbon on 1 August aboard the American Export Lines steamship Excalibur, which was specially diverted from its usual direct course to New York City so that they could be dropped off at Bermuda on the 9th.


  • British Somaliland (Present Day Somaliland)
    Saturday Aug 3, 1940

    World War II

    Italian conquest of British Somaliland

    British Somaliland (Present Day Somaliland)
    Saturday Aug 3, 1940

    In late summer through early autumn Italy conquered British Somaliland from 3 to 19 August 1940.


  • Petsamo, Finland (Now Russia)
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    Harald V

    Lefting For The United States

    Petsamo, Finland (Now Russia)
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    On 17 August the Crown Princess and her children left for the United States from Petsamo, Finland, aboard the United States Army transport ship American Legion.


  • Nassau, Bahamas
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    Edward VIII

    Arrived Nassau

    Nassau, Bahamas
    Saturday Aug 17, 1940

    They left Bermuda for Nassau on the Canadian steamship Lady Somers on 15 August, arriving two days later.


  • North China
    Tuesday Aug 20, 1940

    Mao Zedong

    The Hundred Regiments Campaign

    North China
    Tuesday Aug 20, 1940

    In August 1940, the Red Army initiated the Hundred Regiments Campaign, in which 400,000 troops attacked the Japanese simultaneously in five provinces. It was a military success that resulted in the death of 20,000 Japanese, the disruption of railways and the loss of a coal mine.


  • Central China
    Wednesday Aug 21, 1940

    World War II

    Hundred Regiments Offensive

    Central China
    Wednesday Aug 21, 1940

    In August, Chinese communists launched an offensive in Central China. The Hundred Regiments Offensive took place between 20 August to 5 December 1941, was a major campaign of the Communist Party of China's National Revolutionary Army divisions commanded by Peng Dehuai against the Imperial Japanese Army in Central China. The battle had long been the focus of propaganda in the history of Chinese Communist Party but had become Peng Dehuai's "crime" during the Cultural Revolution. Certain issues regarding its launching and consequences are still controversial.


  • London, England
    Saturday Sep 7, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    Bombing of London

    London, England
    Saturday Sep 7, 1940

    On 7 September the systematic nightly bombing of London began. The German Luftwaffe failed to defeat the Royal Air Force in what became known as the Battle of Britain.


  • Libya and Efypt
    Monday Sep 9, 1940

    World War II

    Italian invasion of Egypt

    Libya and Efypt
    Monday Sep 9, 1940

    The Italian invasion of Egypt (Operazione E) was an offensive in the Second World War, against British, Commonwealth and Free French forces in Egypt. The invasion by the Italian 10th Army (10ª Armata) ended border skirmishing on the frontier and began the Western Desert Campaign (1940–1943) proper. The goal of the Italian forces in Libya was to seize the Suez Canal by advancing along the Egyptian coast. After numerous delays, the scope of the offensive was reduced to an advance as far as Sidi Barrani, with attacks on British forces in the area. It lasted from 9 September to 16 September.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Sep 15, 1940

    Buckingham Palace

    Battle of Britain Day

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Sunday Sep 15, 1940

    On 15 September 1940, known as the Battle of Britain Day, an RAF pilot, Ray Holmes of No. 504 Squadron RAF rammed a German Dornier Do 17 bomber he believed was going to bomb the Palace. Holmes had run out of ammunition and made the quick decision to ram it. Holmes bailed out and the aircraft crashed into the forecourt of London Victoria station.


  • French Indochina (Now Vietnam)
    Sunday Sep 22, 1940

    First Indochina War

    Japan launched its invasion of French Indochina

    French Indochina (Now Vietnam)
    Sunday Sep 22, 1940

    Japan launched its invasion of French Indochina, mirroring its ally Germany's conquest of metropolitan France.


  • Indochina (Present Day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos)
    Monday Sep 23, 1940

    World War II

    Japan invaded northern Indochina

    Indochina (Present Day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos)
    Monday Sep 23, 1940

    To increase pressure on China by blocking supply routes, and to better position Japanese forces in the event of a war with the Western powers, Japan invaded and occupied northern Indochina. Afterwards, the United States embargoed iron, steel and mechanical parts against Japan.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Sep 26, 1940

    The palace of Westminster England

    One bomb fell into Old Palace Yard

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Sep 26, 1940

    During the Second World War, the Palace of Westminster was hit by bombs on fourteen separate occasions. One bomb fell into Old Palace Yard on 26 September 1940 and severely damaged the south wall of St Stephen's Porch and the west front.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday Sep 27, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    Tripartite Pact

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday Sep 27, 1940

    On 27 September 1940, the Tripartite Pact was signed in Berlin by Saburō Kurusu of Imperial Japan, Hitler, and Italian foreign minister Ciano, and later expanded to include Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria, thus yielding the Axis powers.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday Sep 27, 1940

    Hirohito

    The Tripartite Pact

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday Sep 27, 1940

    On September 27, 1940, ostensibly under Hirohito's leadership, Japan was a contracting partner of the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy forming the Axis Powers.


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