1940 in History – What happened in year 1940

✅ Published on April 8th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1940 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 januaryWinter War-The Finnish 9th Division stopped and completely destroyed the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Rate-Suomussalmi road.
07 februaryWalt Disney's Pinocchio, the first animated motion picture to win a competitive Academy Award, was released to theaters by RKO Pictures.
16 februarySecond World War-The British Royal Navy boarded and captured the German tanker Altmark and freed 299 captured British sailors.
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.
23 marchPakistan Movement-During its three-day general session, the Muslim League drafted the Lahore Resolution, calling for greater autonomy in British India.
30 marchSecond Sino-Japanese War-Wang Jingwei was officially installed by Japan as head of a puppet state in China.
07 aprilEducator Booker T. Washington became the first African American To be featured on a U.S. postage stamp.
09 aprilDuring the German invasion of Norway, Vidkun Quisling seized control of the government in a Nazi-backed coup d'état.
01 mayThe Summer Olympic, formally known as the Games of the XII Olympiad, was cancelled on 1 May 1940 due to the outbreak of World War II, which was originally scheduled to be held from 21 September to 6 October 1940 in Tokyo, Japan.
05 mayWorld War II-A squad of 250 Norwegian volunteers in HegraFortress finally surrendered to a vastly superior Nazi force after a25-day siege.
07 mayA debate in the British House of Commons began, and culminated in the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill several days later.
10 mayBritish Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned andformally recommended Winston Churchill as his successor.
14 mayWorld War II-The bulk of Dutch forces surrendered to the Wehrmacht, ending the Battle of the Netherlands.
15 mayMcDonald, World’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, opened its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California on May 15, 1940 founded by Richard and Maurice McDonald. It is also the world’s second largest private employer after Wal-Mart.
24 mayIgor Sikorsky performed the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight. Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914.
25 maySecond World War-A German Panzer division captured Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, forcing the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force through Dunkirk.
26 maySecond World War-A flotilla of 'little ships' began a massevacuation of British, French and Belgian troops cut off by the German army during the Battle of Dunkirk.
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.
03 juneFranz Rademacher, a Nazi government official, proposed thatMadagascar should be made available for the resettlement of the Jews ofEurope.
04 juneSecond World War:The remaining Allied forces protecting the Dunkirk evacuation surrendered, giving the Germans a tactical victory in the Battle of Dunkirk.
10 juneNorway surrendered before German Nazi Forces during 2nd World War. German forces attacked Norway by sea and air as Operation Weserübung was put into action. Unprepared Norwegian forces failed to resist the powerful attack and officially surrendered before Germany.
13 juneRevolutionary leader Udham Singh was hanged for charges of assassinating Micheal Odair, who was the Governor General of Punjab at the time of Jalianwala Baugh massacre. Singh is a prominent figure of the Indian independence struggle. He is sometimes referred to as Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh.
14 juneWorld War II-Four days after the French government fled Paris, German forces occupied the French capitad, essentially endingthe Battle of France.
14 juneThe Soviet Union issued an ultimatum to Lithuania, demandingthat the Red Army be allowed to enter the country and form a new pro-Soviet government.
17 juneThe three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fell under the occupation of the Soviet Union. The Soviet occupation of the Baltic States covers the period from the Soviet–Baltic mutual assistance pacts in 1939, to their invasion and annexation in 1940, to the mass deportations of 1941.
17 juneSecond World War-Britain's worst maritime disaster occurredwhen at least 3, 000 people were killed as a result of the troopship RMS Lancastria's sinking by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
22 juneNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose established the 'Forward Block' after differences with Congress leaders. Netaji had resigned from the presidency of the Indian National Congress after being outmanoeuvred by Mohandas K. Gandhi. The formation of the Forward Bloc was announced to the public at a rally in Calcutta. Bose said that who all were joining, they had to never turn their back to the British and must fill the pledge form by cutting their finger and signing it with their blood.
25 juneWorld War II: France officially surrendered to Germany. In the Second World War, the Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the successful German invasion of France and the Low Countries, defeating primarily French forces. The battle consisted of two main operations. In the first, Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), German armoured units pushed through the Ardennes and then along the Somme valley to cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium.
25 juneSecond World War: The evacuation of nearly 200, 000 Allied soldiers from French ports was completed.
02 julyIndian independence leader Subhash Chandra Bose was arrested and detained in Calcutta. Subhash Chandra Bose known throughout India as Neta was an Indian nationalist and prominent figure of the Indian independence movement. Bose was the twice elected President of the Indian National Congress and the founder and President of the All India Forward Bloc.


Famous birthdays in the year 1940:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 March Robert Grossman / Painter / United States of America
01 JuneRené Auberjonois / Actor / United States of America
04 AugustFrances Stewart / Academic / United Kingdom
06 NovemberRuth Messinger / Politician / United States of America
06 AugustLouise Sorel / Actress / United States of America
11 March Alberto Cortez / Singer / Spain
14 January Julian Bond / Politician / United States of America
15 AprilRobert Lacroix / Academic / Canada
15 March Phil Lesh / Writer / United States of America
16 OctoberIvan Della Mea / Writer / Italy
21 AprilJacques Caron / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
22 January John Hurt / Actor / United Kingdom
22 JulyJudith Walzer Leavitt / Academic / United States of America
24 January Joachim Gauck / Politician / Germany
25 February Ron Santo / Baseball Player / United States of America
26 JulyDobie Gray / Writer / United States of America
29 OctoberJack Shepherd / Actor / United Kingdom
29 January Kunimitsu Takahashi / Racing Car Driver / Japan
30 SeptemberDewey Martin / Drummer / Canada
31 MayAugie Meyers / Writer / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1940:

YearName / Profession / Country
09 FebruaryVishnu Khare / Writer / India
20 AugustRex Sellers / Cricketer / India
12 DecemberSharad Pawar / Politician / India
30 MayJagmohan Dalmiya / Industrialist / India
05 DecemberSundararajan Padmanabhan / Soldier / India
08 AugustDilip Sardesai / Cricketer / India
24 SeptemberAarti Saha Gupta / Player / India
05 OctoberNar Bahadur Bhandari / Politician / India
NA NAMubarak Begum / Singer / India
28 DecemberA. K. Antony / Politician / India
12 JanuaryM. Veerappa Moily / Politician / India
12 NovemberAmjad Khan / Actor / India
21 JulyShankarsinh Vaghela / Politician / India
12 DecemberSharad Pawar / Politician / India
13 DecemberSanjaya Lall / Academic / India
25 NovemberShyamal Kumar Sen / Politician / India
20 January Krishnam Raju / Politician / India
01 NovemberRamesh Chandra Lahoti / Lawyer / India
13 AprilNajma Heptullah / Politician / India
26 AprilMolvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari / Politician / India
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