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1940 Historical Event(s)
- January 7, 1940 – Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stops and completely destroys the overwhelming Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
- February 8, 1940 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- February 29, 1940 – For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
- May 6, 1940 – John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
- May 9, 1940 – World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks the French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder.
- May 15, 1940 – McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
- June 17, 1940 – World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
- August 8, 1940 – The “Aufbau Ost” directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
- September 15, 1940 – World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shoots down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft.
- November 24, 1940 – World War II: Slovakia becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.
Who Were Born On 1940?
- January 29, 1940 – Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
- March 20, 1940 – Stathis Chaitas, Greek fooballer
- March 22, 1940 – Dave Keon, Canadian ice hockey player
- May 14, 1940 – Troy Shondell, American singer
- May 20, 1940 – Stan Mikita, Canadian ice hockey player
- August 29, 1940 – Gary Gabelich, American race car driver (d. 1984)
- September 7, 1940 – Dario Argento, Italian film director
- October 2, 1940 – Pantelis Voulgaris, Greek film director and screenwriter
- October 6, 1940 – Ellen Travolta, American actress
- November 16, 1940 – Donna McKechnie, American actress and dancer