1940 in History – What happened in year 1940


In history, year 1940 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1940.

Know what happened in 1940:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 July Second World War-The British Navy attacked the French fleet(French destroyer Mogador pictured), fearing that the ships would fallinto German hands after the armistice between those two nations.
07 January Winter War-The Finnish 9th Division stopped and completely destroyed the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
08 November The Italian invasion of Greece failed as outnumbered Greekunits repulsed the Italians in the Battle of Elaia–Kalamas.
09 DecemberSecond World War-British and Commonwealth forces openedOperation Compass, the first major Allied military operation of theWestern Desert Campaign.
14 JuneWorld War II-Four days after the French government fled Paris,German forces occupied the French capital, essentially ending the Battleof France.
14 OctoberSecond World War-During the Blitz, a 1,400 kg (3,100 lb)semi-armour piercing fragmentation bomb fell on the road above Balhamstation, which was being used as an air-raid shelter, killing at least64 people.
16 OctoberWorld War II-Nazi Governor-General Hans Frank established theWarsaw Ghetto, the largest Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland.
25 JuneSecond World War – The evacuation of nearly 200,000 Alliedsoldiers from French ports was completed.
26 OctoberThe North American P-51 Mustang, one of the most effectivefighter aircraft for the Allies during World War II, made its firstflight.
27 FebruaryAmerican biochemists Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered the radioactive isotope carbon-14, which today is used extensively as the basis of the radiocarbon dating method to date archaeological, geological, and hydrogeological samples.
27 November Second World War-At the Battle of Cape Spartivento, the RoyalNavy engaged the Regia Marina near Sicily.
08 NovemberThe Italian invasion of Greece failed as outnumbered Greekunits repulsed the Italians in the Battle of Elaia–Kalamas.
11 NovemberWorld War II-The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis capturedtop secret documents from SS Automedon that would later influenceJapan's decision to enter the war.
14 NovemberSecond World War-Coventry Cathedral and much of the citycentre of Coventry, England, were destroyed by the German Luftwaffeduring the Coventry Blitz.
25 NovemberThe de Havilland Mosquito (examples pictured) and the MartinB-26 Marauder, two of the most successful military aircraft in WorldWar II, both had their first flights.
27 NovemberThe Iron Guard killed over 60 political detainees at apenitentiary near Bucharest and followed up with several high-profileassassinations, including that of former Romanian Prime Minister NicolaeIorga (pictured).
20 AugustIn the midst of the Battle of Britain, British Prime MinisterWinston Churchill delivered a speech thanking the Royal Air Force,declaring, 'Never was so much owed by so many to so few.'
23 JulyUS Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles issued a declarationthat the US would not recognize the Soviet Union's annexation of theBaltic states.
14 JuneWorld War II-Four days after the French government fled Paris,German forces occupied the French capital (pictured), essentially endingthe Battle of France.
05 MayWorld War II-A squad of 250 Norwegian volunteers in HegraFortress finally surrendered to a vastly superior Nazi force after a25-day siege.
28 MayWorld War II-On the same day that Belgium surrendered toGermany, Allied forces gained their first major victory on land whenthey recaptured Narvik, Norway.
09 AprilDuring the German invasion of Norway, Vidkun Quisling seizedcontrol of the government in a Nazi-backed coup d'état.
23 March Pakistan Movement-During its three-day general session, theMuslim League drafted the Lahore Resolution, calling for greaterautonomy in British India.
30 March Second Sino-Japanese War-Wang Jingwei was officially installedby Japan as head of a puppet state in China.
03 AugustWorld War II-Italy began their invasion of British Somaliland.
03 JulySecond World War-The British Navy attacked the French fleet(French destroyer Mogador pictured), fearing that the ships would fallinto German hands after the armistice between those two nations.
03 JuneFranz Rademacher, a Nazi government official, proposed thatMadagascar should be made available for the resettlement of the Jews ofEurope.
06 JulyThe Story Bridge in Brisbane, the longest cantilever bridge inAustralia, was opened by Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, Governor of Queensland.
07 SeptemberSecond World War-The German Luftwaffe changed their strategy in the Battle of Britain and began bombing London and other British cities and towns for over 50 consecutive nights.
07 MayA debate in the British House of Commons began, and culminatedin the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with WinstonChurchill several days later.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1940:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 February Wayne Fontes / Footballer / United States of America
03 SeptemberEduardo Galeano / Journalist / Uruguay
04 OctoberSilvio Marzolini / Footballer / Argentina
06 SeptemberJackie Trent / Actress / United Kingdom
06 March Ken Danby / Painter / Canada
07 MayDave Chambers / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
08 February Ted Koppel / Journalist / United States of America
08 MayToni Tennille / Writer / United States of America
08 OctoberPaul Hogan / Actor / Australia
10 SeptemberBuck Buchanan / Footballer / United States of America
10 JuneAugie Auer / Meteorologist / New Zealand
13 AprilVladimir Cosma / Composer / France
13 JulyPatrick Stewart / Actor / United Kingdom
16 February Hannelore Schmatz / Mountaineer / Germany
16 JuneMāris Čaklais / Poet / Latvia
17 JuneGeorge Akerlof / Academic / United States of America
23 JuneAdam Faith / Singer / United Kingdom
24 JuneVittorio Storaro / Cinematographer / Italy
29 AugustJames Brady / Politician / United States of America
29 January Kunimitsu Takahashi / Racing Car Driver / Japan

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1940:

YearName / Profession / Country
13 DecemberSanjaya Lall / Academic / India
22 MayE.A.S. Prasanna / Cricketer / India
NA NAMubarak Begum / Singer / India
24 SeptemberAarti Saha Gupta / Player / India
12 DecemberSharad Pawar / Politician / India
15 AprilUstad Sultan Khan / Singer / India
12 DecemberSharad Pawar / Politician / India
30 MayJagmohan Dalmiya / Cricket Administrator / India
28 DecemberA. K. Antony / Politician / India
15 DecemberRavinder Kapoor / Actor / India
20 January Krishnam Raju / Politician / India
26 AprilMolvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari / Politician / India
09 FebruaryVishnu Khare / Writer / India
28 DecemberA. K. Antony / Politician / India
21 JulyShankarsinh Vaghela / Politician / India
06 JanuaryNarendra Kohli / Writer / India
25 NovemberShyamal Kumar Sen / Politician / India
05 DecemberSundararajan Padmanabhan / Soldier / India
20 AugustRex Sellers / Cricketer / India
12 NovemberAmjad Khan / Actor / India

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