Jan 3rd – WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
Jan 5th – FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
Jan 5th – Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
Jan 5th – FM radio is demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.
Jan 6th – Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
Jan 8th – Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
Jan 8th – World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
Jan 9th – 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
Jan 9th – J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal," premieres in NYC
Jan 11th – Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet premieres in Leningrad
Jan 12th – World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
Jan 14th – Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
Jan 14th – NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
Jan 15th – German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
Jan 21st – Foreign correspondents in Netherlands under censorship
Jan 22nd – 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
Jan 23rd – Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish govt in exile
Jan 25th – Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
Jan 26th – Nazi's forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
Jan 27th – -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
Jan 30th – Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
Jan 30th – Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
Jan 30th – Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
Jan 31st – 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
Jan 31st – C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children," premieres in NYC
Feb 1st – Russia begins new offensive against Finland
Feb 2nd – Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)
Feb 5th – Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
Feb 5th – Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
Feb 7th – British railroads nationalized
Feb 7th – Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC)
Feb 8th – Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show," premieres in NYC
Feb 8th – Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
Feb 9th – Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
Feb 10th – "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
Feb 10th – Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
Feb 10th – US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
Feb 10th – US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
Feb 13th – Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA
Feb 14th – British merchant vessel fleet is armed
Feb 16th – British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
Feb 17th – Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
Feb 17th – British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
Feb 20th – Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
Feb 22nd – Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
Feb 22nd – German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
Feb 23rd – Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
Feb 23rd – Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
Feb 24th – Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Feb 25th – 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
Feb 26th – US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
Feb 27th – Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
Feb 28th – 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
Feb 28th – Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
Feb 28th – US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
Feb 29th – 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
Feb 29th – Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
Feb 29th – "Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars
Feb 29th – Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
Feb 29th – Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
Mar 1st – 12th Academy Awards – "Gone with the Wind," R Donat & V Leigh win
Mar 1st – Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
Mar 2nd – 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, MSG, NYC
Mar 2nd – Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
Mar 3rd – Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
Mar 6th – 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
Mar 7th – Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
Mar 7th – Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
Mar 10th – 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
Mar 12th – Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
Mar 13th – Finland-Russian cease fire signed, Finland gives up Karelische
Mar 13th – The Russo-Finnish Winter War ends.
Mar 14th – 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas
Mar 15th – Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
Mar 16th – German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
Mar 18th – Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
Mar 19th – Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
Mar 19th – French govt of Daladier, falls
Mar 20th – Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
Mar 23rd – 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
Mar 23rd – All-India-Moslem League calls for a Moslem homeland
Mar 23rd – The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.
Mar 26th – Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC
Mar 27th – Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice
Mar 28th – Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
Mar 29th – Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
Mar 30th – 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
Mar 31st – Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)
Apr 4th – R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher," premieres in NYC
Apr 7th – 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T Washington)
Apr 7th – 7th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
Apr 8th – Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
Apr 9th – German cruiser Blucher torpedoed/capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
Apr 9th – Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
Apr 10th – Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
Apr 12th – Italy annexes Albania
Apr 12th – NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
Apr 13th – 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
Apr 13th – Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
Apr 13th – Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
Apr 14th – Allied troops land in Norway
Apr 14th – RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia
Apr 15th – British troops land at Narvik, Norway
Apr 16th – 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
Apr 16th – Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
Apr 16th – Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht," premieres in Rio de Janeiro
Apr 19th – "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
Apr 19th – 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
Apr 19th – Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
Apr 20th – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
Apr 21st – 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
Apr 21st – Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
Apr 22nd – Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable (He was right)
Apr 23rd – Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
Apr 23rd – NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
Apr 27th – Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Apr 28th – Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
Apr 28th – Rudolf Hess becomes commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz
Apr 29th – 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
Apr 29th – Norwegian King Haakon & govt flees to England
Apr 29th – Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night," premieres in NYC
Apr 30th – Bkln Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cin Reds, 3-0
May 1st – 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship
May 1st – The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
May 4th – 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
May 4th – 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
May 5th – Norwegian govt in exile forms in London
May 6th – Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
May 7th – Winston Churchill becomes PM of Britain
May 10th – British Local Defense Volunteers (Home Guard) forms
May 10th – Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
May 10th – Dutch-Indies Gov Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
May 10th – French marines stationed on Aruba
May 10th – French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
May 10th – Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
May 10th – Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British PM
May 10th – World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
May 11th – 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
May 11th – NY World's Fair reopens
May 12th – French mariners occupy St Maarten
May 12th – German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
May 12th – Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
May 13th – British bomb factory at Breda
May 13th – Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat
May 13th – Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
May 13th – German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
May 14th – Admiral Furstner departs to England
May 14th – Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
May 14th – German breakthrough at Sedan
May 14th – Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
May 14th – Nazi bombs Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrender to Germany
May 14th – World War II: The Netherlands surrenders to Germany.
May 15th – German armour division moves into Northern France
May 15th – German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders
May 15th – Nazi's capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
May 15th – USS Sailfish (SS-192) recomisioned, origionaly the Squalus.
May 15th – McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
May 16th – Nazi's forbid non-professional auto workers
May 16th – Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
May 17th – Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France
May 17th – Nazi's bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
May 18th – German troops conquer Brussels
May 19th – Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)
May 19th – French counter attack at Pronne under Gen De Gaulle
May 20th – Gen Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)
May 20th – Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
May 20th – Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
May 21st – AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
May 21st – Allied counter attack at Atrecht North-France
May 21st – Reynaud forms French govt
May 22nd – Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
May 22nd – Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city
May 23rd – 1st great dogfight between Spitfires
May 24th – 1st night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
May 24th – 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
May 24th – Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
May 24th – Dutch army demobilizes
May 24th – German tanks reach Atrecht France
May 24th – Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
May 24th – NY Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
May 25th – German troops conquer Boulogne
May 25th – Golden Gate Intl Expo reopens
May 26th – 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky
May 26th – Operation Dynamo begins evacuating defeated Allied troops from Dunkirk
May 27th – British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo)
May 27th – World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.
May 28th – Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
May 28th – British-French troops capture Narvik Norway
May 28th – Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase," premieres in NYC
May 29th – Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
May 29th – Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of Hague Neth
May 29th – In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France
May 31st – Gen-major Bernard Montgomery leaves Duinkerken
May 31st – Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to meet with Marshal August Pétain who announces he is willing to make a seperate peace with Germany
Jun 1st – Coffee & tea rationed in Holland
Jun 1st – Gen-mjr Bernard Montgomery returns to London
Jun 1st – Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard
Jun 2nd – Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
Jun 3rd – Last British/French troop leave Dunkirk
Jun 4th – 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
Jun 4th – 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
Jun 4th – British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops
Jun 4th – German forces enter Paris
Jun 4th – The synthetic rubber tire unveiled
Jun 4th – Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans"
Jun 5th – 1st synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron Oh
Jun 5th – American Negro Theater organizes
Jun 5th – Battle of France begins in WW II
Jun 5th – Gen Von Bock starts German offensive in Somme
Jun 5th – General De Gaulle becomes under minister of Defense
Jun 5th – Gov of Suriname & Neth Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
Jun 5th – Netherlands rations petroleum
Jun 5th – Synthetic rubber tire unveiled
Jun 7th – British/French troops evacuate Narvik
Jun 8th – 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
Jun 8th – Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
Jun 8th – Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
Jun 9th – 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury GC OH
Jun 9th – General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
Jun 9th – Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
Jun 10th – French government moves to Bordeaux
Jun 10th – German "Dutch Q-ship Atlantis" sinks Norwegian tanker
Jun 10th – German 5th Armour division occupies Rouen
Jun 10th – Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
Jun 10th – Norway surrenders to nazis
Jun 10th – World War II: Canada declares war on Italy.
Jun 11th – Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
Jun 11th – Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
Jun 11th – World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
Jun 11th – World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
Jun 13th – Paris evacuates before German advance
Jun 14th – Auschwitz concentration camp opens (3 million killed there)
Jun 14th – German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
Jun 14th – German forces occupied Paris during WW II
Jun 15th – 38 Italians Fiat bombers bomb Luc-and-Province
Jun 15th – Bread & flour rationed in Holland
Jun 15th – France surrenders to Hitler, German troops occupy Paris
Jun 15th – Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
Jun 16th – Communist govt installed in Lithuania
Jun 16th – General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
Jun 17th – France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
Jun 17th – General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
Jun 17th – Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
Jun 17th – USSR occupies Estonia
Jun 17th – World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
Jun 18th – Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers
Jun 18th – German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs & chickens
Jun 18th – Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that "this was their finest hour"
Jun 18th – Appeal of June 18 by Charles de Gaulle.
Jun 19th – "Brenda Starr," 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
Jun 19th – German 7th Armour division under gen-maj Rommel occupies Cherbourg
Jun 19th – Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships
Jun 20th – Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
Jun 21st – German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
Jun 21st – The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jun 22nd – France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
Jun 22nd – SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond Neth
Jun 23rd – Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
Jun 23rd – RAF bombs Schiphol
Jun 24th – France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
Jun 25th – Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower & grave of Napoleon in France
Jun 26th – End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
Jun 27th – Soviet Army attacks Romania
Jun 27th – USSR returns to Gregorian calendar
Jun 28th – "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
Jun 28th – Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
Jun 29th – Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
Jun 29th – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
Jun 29th – Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
Jun 30th – "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
Jun 30th – 58 U-boats (284,000 ton) sunk this month
Jun 30th – US Fish & Wildlife Service forms
Jul 1st – Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
Jul 2nd – Dutch PM Colijn publishes "Borders of 2 Worlds" (German victory)
Jul 2nd – Hitler orders invasion of England (Operation Sealion)
Jul 2nd – Lake Washington (Seattle) Floating bridge dedicated
Jul 2nd – PM Churchill meets gen-mjr B Montgomery
Jul 2nd – Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.
Jul 3rd – ARP-leader/ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
Jul 3rd – British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in North Africa
Jul 3rd – German occupiers forbids using Dutch royal names
Jul 4th – British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
Jul 4th – German occupiers forbids anti-nazis speeches
Jul 5th – Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy govt in France
Jul 9th – 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
Jul 9th – German Evangelist Church protests against euthanasia pogroms
Jul 9th – RAF bombs Germany
Jul 10th – Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air (114 days)
Jul 10th – German planes attack British ships in the Canal
Jul 11th – British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay
Jul 14th – Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
Jul 14th – Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
Jul 15th – 1st betatron placed in operation, Urbana, Il
Jul 15th – Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
Jul 16th – NSB'er Woudenberg appointed as NVV-trustee
Jul 18th – 1st successful helicopter flight, Stratford, Ct
Jul 18th – British govt signs Bruma law under Japanese pressure
Jul 18th – Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term
Jul 19th – Hitler orders Great Britain to surrenders
Jul 19th – Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald
Jul 19th – Nazi occupiers in Neth forbid anti-nazi films
Jul 20th – Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
Jul 20th – Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
Jul 20th – Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
Jul 21st – Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Jul 21st – VARA-management accepts Rost of Tonningens demands
Jul 22nd – Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks
Jul 22nd – Jacqueline Kennedy's parents divorce
Jul 23rd – "Blitz" all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
Jul 24th – 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
Jul 24th – Linthorst Homan, de Quay & Einthoven forms Dutch Union
Jul 25th – John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi R
Jul 27th – Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
Jul 27th – Bugs Bunny debuts in "Wild Hare"
Jul 28th – Radio Orange, London begins
Jul 28th – Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
Jul 29th – Urk soccer team forms
Jul 31st – 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
Jul 31st – Riech's commissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals
Aug 2nd – Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death
Aug 2nd – KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
Aug 3rd – German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters & English & French movies
Aug 3rd – Italian troops invade British Somalia
Aug 3rd – Lithuanian SSR is accepted into USSR
Aug 3rd – Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passagiersvlucht to the US
Aug 5th – "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
Aug 5th – St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
Aug 6th – Estonia is annexed into Soviet empire
Aug 7th – Churchill recognizes De Gaulle govt in exile
Aug 7th – Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
Aug 7th – Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
Aug 8th – 31 German aircrafts shot down over England
Aug 8th – Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks
Aug 8th – The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
Aug 10th – Prince Bernhard Fund forms
Aug 11th – 38 German aircrafts shot down above England
Aug 11th – German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth
Aug 12th – Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircrafts
Aug 12th – Netherlands starts rationing textile
Aug 13th – Germany air attack on South England (Battle of Britain begins)
Aug 13th – Goering's "Adler Tag" 45-48 German aircrafts shotdown over South-Engld
Aug 14th – Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland
Aug 15th – 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazi)
Aug 15th – Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircrafts damaged
Aug 16th – 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
Aug 17th – FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
Aug 17th – Greece mobilizes
Aug 17th – Hitler orders total blockade of Great-Britain
Aug 18th – 71 German aircrafts shot down above England
Aug 20th – 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
Aug 20th – Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, icepicked by Frank Jackson, dies Aug 21
Aug 20th – British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"
Aug 23rd – German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
Aug 23rd – Queen Wilhelmina fires premier De Geer
Aug 24th – Luftwaffe bombs London
Aug 24th – Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run
Aug 25th – 1st (British) night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
Aug 25th – 1st parachute wedding
Aug 25th – Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
Aug 26th – RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
Aug 26th – Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
Aug 27th – Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan)
Aug 28th – French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
Aug 29th – 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
Aug 31st – 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
Aug 31st – 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
Aug 31st – Fighter Command loses 39/Luftwaffe 41 airplanes
Aug 31st – German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap ration
Aug 31st – US National Guard assembles
Sep 1st – Gen George Marshall sworn in as chief of staff of US army
Sep 2nd – 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa
Sep 2nd – Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated
Sep 3rd – 1st showing of high definition color TV
Sep 3rd – 39.4 CM rainfall at Sapulpa Oklahoma (state record)
Sep 3rd – Hitler orders invasion in England on Sept 21 (Operation Seelöwe/Sealion)
Sep 3rd – Neth govt in exile of Gerbrandy forms London
Sep 3rd – Sicherheits police bans Free masons, Rotary & Red Cross
Sep 3rd – US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
Sep 4th – CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
Sep 4th – Gerbrandy becomes premier of Dutch govt in exile
Sep 4th – Mussert sends telegram, that Hitler has captured the Dutch
Sep 4th – Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Neth in Hitler's hands
Sep 6th – Crown prince Michael succeeds Carol II as king of Romania
Sep 6th – Generalissimo Gamelin arrested in France
Sep 7th – 54th US Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (62 63)
Sep 7th – 60th US Mens Tennis: McNeill beats Robert Riggs (46 68 63 63 75)
Sep 7th – German Air Force blitz London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights
Sep 7th – Luftwaffe loses 41 bombers above England
Sep 7th – Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.
Sep 9th – 28 German aircraft shot down above England
Sep 9th – 60th US Mens Tennis: W D McNeill beats Robert L Riggs (46 68 63 63 75)
Sep 10th – Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb
Sep 11th – -12] Buckingham Palace destroyed by German bombs
Sep 11th – 54th Postmaster General: Frank C Walker of Pa takes office
Sep 11th – Anton Mussert establishes Dutch SS
Sep 11th – Buckingham Palace in London destroyed by German bombs
Sep 11th – Hitler begins operation-Seelöwe (aborted invasion England)
Sep 11th – George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.
Sep 12th – 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)
Sep 12th – Italian troops enter Egypt
Sep 12th – 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
Sep 13th – Buckingham Palace destroyed by German bombs
Sep 13th – Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
Sep 14th – Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
Sep 14th – German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; 100s die
Sep 15th – 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
Sep 15th – Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
Sep 15th – Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company
Sep 15th – PM Winston Churchill visits #11 Fighter Group
Sep 15th – Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
Sep 16th – Dutch SS forms
Sep 16th – FDR signs Selective Training & Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
Sep 16th – Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"
Sep 16th – Luftwaffe attacks center of London
Sep 16th – Samuel T Rayburn of Tx elected speaker of House
Sep 16th – St Louis Browns Johnny Lucadello is 2nd to HR from each side of plate
Sep 17th – Nazis deprive Jews of possessions
Sep 18th – 19 German aircrafts shot down above England
Sep 18th – Elmer Harris' "Johnny Belinda," premieres in NYC
Sep 18th – Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
Sep 19th – Nazi decree forbids gentile woman to work in Jewish homes
Sep 19th – Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance.
Sep 23rd – -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
Sep 23rd – Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Hitler
Sep 24th – Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career HR
Sep 24th – Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire-factory in Southampton
Sep 25th – German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling govt
Sep 25th – Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire-factory in Southampton
Sep 26th – Airplane manufacturer in Woolston bombed, 30 killed
Sep 26th – Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
Sep 27th – 55 German aircrafts shot down above England
Sep 27th – Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces
Sep 27th – Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller
Sep 27th – Nazi-Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
Sep 27th – Yankees, lose to A's & eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935
Sep 28th – Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
Sep 28th – Nazi occupiers present "New Dutch Culture" in German
Sep 28th – Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
Sep 29th – "Double or Nothing," a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
Sep 29th – "Strike Up Band," opens
Sep 29th – 1st US merchant ship "Booker T Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware
Sep 30th – 47 German aircrafts shot down above England
Sep 30th – 59 U-boats sunk this month (295,000 tons)
Oct 1st – Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
Oct 2nd – 17 German aircrafts shot down above England
Oct 2nd – British Council receives British Charter
Oct 2nd – British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
Oct 3rd – France Vichy govt proclaims end to Jewish status
Oct 3rd – Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
Oct 3rd – US forms parachute troops
Oct 4th – 12 German aircrafts shot down above England
Oct 4th – Adolph Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps
Oct 4th – French Vichy-regime proclaims end of "Statut of the Juifs"
Oct 4th – Wrestling returns to Madison Sq Garden after 12 year lay off
Oct 6th – Zoological Gardens opens on Sloat & Skyline in SF
Oct 7th – Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
Oct 7th – World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
Oct 8th – Cin Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
Oct 8th – German troops occupies Romania
Oct 14th – Balham tube disaster during the Blitz.
Oct 15th – -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
Oct 15th – London's Waterloo Station bombed by Germans
Oct 15th – "The Great Dictator", a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.
Oct 16th – Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr named 1st black general in regular army
Oct 16th – Lottery for 1st US WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
Oct 16th – Warsaw Ghetto forms
Oct 17th – German occupiers issue identity cards
Oct 18th – Kaufman & Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premieres in NYC
Oct 20th – Cheese rationed in Netherlands
Oct 20th – Greenhouse rationing begins in Netherlands
Oct 21st – RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
Oct 24th – 40 hour work week goes into effect (Fair Labor Standards of 1938)
Oct 24th – Hitler meets Marshal Pétain
Oct 24th – Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball
Oct 24th – Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants
Oct 25th – Benjamin O Davis Dr became 1st Black general in US Army
Oct 25th – Col Bo Davis attains rank of Brigadier General
Oct 25th – Duke, Latouche & Felter's musical premieres in NYC
Oct 25th – US Army Gen Benjamin Davis becomes 1st black general
Oct 26th – The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.
Oct 28th – Greece successfully resists Italy's attack
Oct 28th – Meeting between Hitler & Mussolini in Florence
Oct 29th – Sec of War Henry L Stimson drew 1st number-158-in 1st peacetime military draft in US history
Oct 30th – Cole Porters musical "Panama hattie," premieres in NYC
Oct 31st – 63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
Oct 31st – Battle of Britain: Germany & Britair control of English Channel, ends
Oct 31st – Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto
Nov 1st – 1st US air raid shelter, Fleetwood, Pa
Nov 1st – Dutch "Curfew" forms (12 AM – 4 AM)
Nov 4th – Eggs & cake rationed in Netherlands
Nov 5th – Dutch submarine departs Dundee
Nov 5th – Pres FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)
Nov 5th – Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Wash Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)
Nov 6th – Franklin D Roosevelt re-elected president
Nov 7th – Stravinsky's Symfonie in C premieres in Chicago
Nov 7th – Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Wash
Nov 8th – RAF bombs Munich
Nov 10th – Pittsburgh & Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game
Nov 10th – Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.
Nov 11th – 1,000s Paris students lay reath at Grave of Unknown Soldier
Nov 11th – Blizzard strikes midwestern US killing over 100
Nov 11th – British air attack destroys half of Italian fleet
Nov 11th – Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle ("Jeep")
Nov 12th – Blizzard strikes midwest, 154 die (69 on boat on Great Lakes)
Nov 13th – Walt Disney's "Fantasia" released
Nov 14th – During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
Nov 15th – 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
Nov 15th – 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington & AC Seagulls
Nov 15th – NY Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
Nov 16th – World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
Nov 17th – Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
Nov 18th – George Matesky, New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
Nov 19th – Belgian King Leopold III visits Adolf Hitler
Nov 19th – German air raid on Birmingham fails
Nov 20th – German air raid on Birmingham fails
Nov 20th – Hungary joins 3 Power pact
Nov 20th – World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
Nov 21st – Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands
Nov 22nd – 500 students in Delft demonstrate against nazis
Nov 23rd – 1st edition of illegal "The Truth" publishes
Nov 23rd – Romania signs Driemogendheden pact
Nov 23rd – SD arrested resistance fighter Bernard Iron wire
Nov 25th – Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die
Nov 25th – U of Mich retires Tom Harmon's #98
Nov 25th – Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz's "Knock Knock"
Nov 25th – First flight of the deHavilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder.
Nov 26th – Leidse students strike
Nov 26th – Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
Nov 27th – 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
Nov 27th – Nazis signs Technical Hague court Delft
Nov 28th – Cleveringa arrested by nazis
Nov 30th – 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
Nov 30th – 32 U boats sunk this month (147,000 ton)
Nov 30th – Lucille Ball weds Desi Arnaz
Dec 6th – Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
Dec 6th – Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
Dec 7th – 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
Dec 7th – North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
Dec 7th – The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew
Dec 8th – 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
Dec 9th – British assault on Banghazi Libya
Dec 9th – British troops 1st major offensive in No Africa (Libya) during WW II
Dec 9th – Illeagal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
Dec 9th – South Australia all out for 47 v NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
Dec 10th – British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
Dec 11th – Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
Dec 12th – British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
Dec 16th – British air raid on Mannheim
Dec 16th – Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago
Dec 17th – British troops occupies Sollum
Dec 20th – Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000
Dec 22nd – World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
Dec 23rd – John Van Druten's "Old Acquaintance," premieres in NYC
Dec 25th – Bradman out 1st ball for SA v Victoria before 6213
Dec 25th – Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts "Pal Joey," premieres in NYC
Dec 26th – 1st-class debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
Dec 26th – JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC
Dec 28th – Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
Dec 29th – Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
Dec 29th – NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
Dec 30th – California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens
Dec 31st – 37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)