Events in year of 1940

  • 01-03WPG-AM in Atlantic City, New Jersey consolidates with WBIL andWOV as "new" WOV
  • 01-05FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • 01-05Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • 01-092 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
  • 01-14Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • 01-14NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • 01-21Foreign correspondents in the Netherlands under censorship
  • 01-221st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • 01-23Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes Premier of Polish government in exile
  • 01-25Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • 01-30Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
  • 01-3140 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • 02-01Russia begins new offensive against Finland
  • 02-05Gen Winckelman replaces General Reijnders as Dutch Supreme Commander
  • 02-05Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
  • 02-07British railroads nationalized
  • 02-08Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 02-09Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 02-10"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • 02-10Tom and Jerry created by Hanna and Barbera debut by MGM
  • 02-10US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • 02-10US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • 02-14British Merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • 02-16British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
  • 02-17Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for South Africa vs. West Australia
  • 02-17British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
  • 02-20Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • 02-22Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • 02-22German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
  • 02-23Russian troops conquer Lasi Island

People born in year of 1940

  • 01-01Jack Kiefer: Columbia, Pennsylvania -- PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • 01-01Laszlo Sary: Composer
  • 01-01Richard Henry Orton: Composer
  • 01-03Thelma Schoonmaker: Actress / editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • 01-04Anthony Skooter Teague: Texas, United States -- Actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 01-04Brian Josephson: British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 01-05Dany Saval: Oakland, California -- Actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot)
  • 01-06Ed Zschau: (Rep-R-California, 1983- )
  • 01-07William Elgin Swinton: Child psychiatrist
  • 01-08Anthony Gaurdine: (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • 01-08Cristy Lane: United States -- Country / gospel singer
  • 01-08Little Anthony [Gourdine]: Rocker (Imperials)
  • 01-09Barbara Buczek: Composer
  • 01-09Jimmy Boyd: McComb, Missouri -- Singer / actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • 01-10Harry Gant: NASCAR driver
  • 01-11Mark DeVoto: Composer
  • 01-14Julian Bond: Nashville, Tennessee -- (D-Ga) civil rights leader
  • 01-17H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino: Kenya -- 1500m runner (1968, 72 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-17Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali: South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 01-19Barend J du Plessis: South African Minister of Finance (1984- )
  • 01-19Mary Mills: LPGA golfer
  • 01-20Carol Heiss Jenkins: NYC, New York -- Figure skater (1956, 60 Olympics - Gold / Silver Medals)
  • 01-20Jorge Peixinho: Composer
  • 01-21Marquis of Tavistock: English large landowner / multi-millionaire
  • 01-22Addie "Micki" Harris: Passaic, New Jersey -- Singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
  • 01-22Tilo Medek: German composer
  • 01-23Johnny Russell: Country singer
  • 01-24Flip Buurmeijer: Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 01-30David Johnson: Composer
  • 01-31Jessica Walter: Brooklyn, New York -- Actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)

People died in year of 1940

  • 01-04Conrad Weiss: German writer / Poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • 01-05Tina Modotti [Maria del Carmen]: Ital / Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • 01-12Erich R Jaensch: German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • 01-18Kazimierz P Tetmajer: Polish writer / Poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • 01-24Emile van Bosch: Revue / operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 02-11John Buchan: 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada (1935-40)
  • 02-27Peter Behrens: German architect
  • 02-28Johan C Braakensiek: Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • 02-29Edward Frederic Benson: Novelist
  • 03-01Josef Swickard: Actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • 03-10Louis de Vries: Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • 03-19Gustaaf Sap: Belgian Minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • 03-25Ion Nonna Otescu: Composer, dies at 51
  • 04-06Andres Isasi: Composer, dies at 49
  • 04-09Mrs Patrick Campbell: English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide)
  • 04-18Florrie Forde: Music hall artist
  • 04-18Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher: Historian
  • 04-26Carl Bosch: German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 05-10Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer: Dutch Author / poster artist, dies at 56
  • 05-14Eddy [Charles E] du Platform: Writer / poet
  • 05-14Emma Goldman: US anarchists / feminist / Author (Living My Life)
  • 05-14Jacob van Gelderen: Economist / sociologist / SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • 05-14Menno ter Braak: Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • 05-15Joseph Limburg: Liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • 05-15Willem A Bonger: Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • 05-20Joris [Georges] van Severen: Flem fascist / Member of parliament
  • 05-23Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov: Russian musicologist / Son of Nikolai
  • 05-23Paul Nizan: French journalist / writer (Ce Soir / Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 05-28Randle Ayrton: Actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
  • 05-28Theodor Streicher: Composer, dies at 65

Events in year of 1941

  • 01-01Netherlands begins taxing wages
  • 01-01Russian general Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
  • 01-03Canada and US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
  • 01-03Italian counter offensive in Albania
  • 01-05British / Australian troops conquer Bardia Lybia
  • 01-08British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns
  • 01-096,000 Jews exterminated in pogrom in Bucharest Romania
  • 01-10Seyss-Inquart begins registration of Jews
  • 01-11Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
  • 01-16US vice Admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 01-16War Department forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
  • 01-19British offensive in Eritrea
  • 01-19British troops occupies Kassalaf Sudan
  • 01-211st anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria
  • 01-211st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, Texas
  • 01-21Australia and Britain attack Tobruk Libya
  • 01-21British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • 01-221st mass killing of Jews in Romania
  • 01-22British / Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • 01-23Ground breaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center
  • 01-23WOR-AM in Newark New Jersey moves to New York City
  • 01-24British troops march into Abyssinia
  • 01-30Australian troops conquer Derna Libya
  • 01-3121 U-boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)
  • 01-31Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands
  • 01-31Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 02-01US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
  • 02-01US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • 02-03Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage and Hour law, sets minimum wages and maximum hours
  • 02-04British tanks occupy Maus Libya

People born in year of 1941

  • 01-03Shima Iwashita: Actress (Red Lion, Hara-Kiri, Double Suicide)
  • 01-03Van Dyke Parks: Alabama, United States -- Actor / musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)
  • 01-04John Bennett Perry: Williamstown, Massachusetts -- Singer / actor (Falcon Crest)
  • 01-05Grady Thomas: US rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain)
  • 01-06Sandy Denny: Country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go)
  • 01-07Ann Susan Hills: Freelance journalist
  • 01-07Frederick Drew Gregory: Washington, DC -- Colonel USAF / Astronaut (STS 51-B, 33, 44)
  • 01-07Robert Hicks: Rocker (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
  • 01-08Robby Krieger: Rocker (Doors)
  • 01-09Susannah York: London, England -- Actress (A Man for All Seasons, Tom Jones)
  • 01-12Jaime B Fuster: (Rep-D-Puerto Rico, 1985- )
  • 01-13Meinhard Nehmer: German DR, 2 man bobsledder (1976 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-14C L "Gibby" Gilbert, Jr.: Chattanooga, Tennessee -- PGA golfer (1976 Danny Thomas)
  • 01-14Marjoe Gortner: Long Beach, California -- Actor (Speak Up America, Falcon Crest)
  • 01-15Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet]: Rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast)
  • 01-16Christine Janes: Tennis player
  • 01-16Richard Bohringer: Paris, France -- Actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow)
  • 01-18Bobby Goldsboro: Marianna, Florida -- Singer (Honey)
  • 01-18David Ruffin: Mississippi, United States -- Vocalist (Temptations-Papa Was a Rolling Stone)
  • 01-21Edwin Starr [Charles Hatcher]: US singer (War)
  • 01-24Michael Chapman: Leeds, England -- Rocker (Looking for 11)
  • 01-25Elzie "Buddy" Baker: Race-car driver
  • 01-26Henry Jaglom: London, England -- Actor (Eating, Lucky Ducks, Always)
  • 01-28Joel Crothers: Cincinnati, Ohio -- Actor (Edge of Night)
  • 01-30Joe Terranoua: Rocker (Danny & The Juniors)
  • 01-31George S Mickelson: (Gov-South Dakota)
  • 01-31Richard A Gephardt: (Rep-D-Missouri, 1977- )
  • 01-31Sharon Miller: LPGA golfer
  • 02-01Anatoliy Firssov: USSR -- Ice hockey play (1964, 68, 72 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 02-01Franco Nones: Italy -- 30K cross country skier (1968 Olympics - Gold Medalist)

People died in year of 1941

  • 01-02Mischa Levitzki: Composer, dies at 42
  • 01-04Henri Bergson: French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • 01-06Franz Hessel: Writer, dies at 60
  • 01-08Robert Baden-Powell: Founder (Boy Scout movement), dies at 83
  • 01-09Ko Boezeman: Dutch resistance fighter
  • 01-10Frank Bridge: English violinist / Composer (Sea), dies at 61
  • 01-10Joseph Schmidlin: German church historian, murdered at 67
  • 01-17Jose Leite de Vasconcelos: Portuguese Scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
  • 01-23Dobri Khristov: Composer, dies at 65
  • 01-27Iver Paul Fredrik Holter: Composer, dies at 90
  • 01-29Ioannis Metaxas: Greek General / Dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
  • 02-02Johannes Schlaf: Writer, dies at 78
  • 02-04Johann Peter Kirsch: Luxembourg church historian, dies at 79
  • 02-06Maximilien Luce: French painter, dies at 82
  • 02-11Rudolf Hilferding: German economist / Minister of Finance (SPD), suicide at 63
  • 02-19Hamilton Hamilton Harty: Composer / conductor, dies at 61
  • 02-24Oskar Loerke: German director (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
  • 02-26Jan Keizer: Zaanse February striker, shot to death
  • 03-03Constant W L Scheurleer: Archaeologist / banker / art expert, dies at 59
  • 03-03Ernst Cahn: Owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed
  • 03-04Edoardo Mascheroni: Composer, dies at 81
  • 03-05Ludwig Quidde: German Historian / politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
  • 03-06Gutzon Borglum: Sculptor (Mt Rushmore), dies at 73
  • 03-06John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum: Sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
  • 03-06Leen Schijvenschuurder: Dutch February strike leader, executed
  • 03-07Arnold Schering: German musicologist, dies at 63
  • 03-08Jose Serrano Simeon: Composer, dies at 67
  • 03-08Sherwood Anderson: US writer / publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • 03-09Carlos Pedrell: Composer, dies at 62
  • 03-11Walford Davies: British Organist / composer, dies at 71