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Events in 1940

8 January: Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.
14 January: The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.
17 January: “Gone with the Wind”, the most successful film ever in terms of inflation-adjusted box office hits, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles.
22 January: John Hurt, English actor, is born in Chesterfield.
7 February: The second feature length animated Disney movie “Pinocchio” is premiered, repeating the success of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
8 February: In this Chinese New Year the Rabbit makes room for the Year of the Dragon.
27 February: Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben of the University of California Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley discover the radioisotope 14C, leading to the invention of carbon dating in 1949 by a University of Chicago team led by Willard Libby.
29 February: Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind”.
24 March: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as described by the Council of Nicaea in 325.
9 April: Germany invades Denmark and Norway, which surrenders only after two months of fierce resistance.
22 April: Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.
9 May: Dutch poet Ida Gerhardt publishes her debut title “Cosmos”.
10 May: Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.
12 May: Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.
14 May: The German bombardment of Rotterdam destroys the old city, killing up to a thousand civilians, and forces the Dutch to surrender after threats to do the same in Utrecht, Amsterdam and other cities.
10 June: Norway surrenders to German aggression in World War II.
14 June: German troops enter Paris, forcing French and Allied forces to retreat, while in Poland they open the Auschwitz concentration camp.
21 June: Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet, drowns in the Channel at age 40.
21 Augustus: Leon Trotsky, Russian Bolshevik revolutionary, founder of the Red Army, dies in Coyoacán in Mexico at age 60.
23 Augustus: The German air force launches the first of many large-scale air raids on London.
24 Augustus: Paul Nipkow, German inventor who helped develop television, dies in Berlin two days after his 80th birthday.
14 September: Four French boys and their dog discover a cave containing Paleolithic paintings, estimated to be 17300 years old, in Lascaux.
20 September: The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1359 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.
9 October: John Lennon, British singer, founder of The Beatles, is born in Liverpool.
12 October: Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.
20 October: Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.
21 October: Pelé, Brazilian footballer, Football Player of the Century according to the IFFHS and magazine France-Football, is born Edison Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações.
13 November: The third feature length animated Disney movie “Fantasia” is premiered.
14 November: Coventry is bombed by the Luftwaffe, killing 800 civilians and destroying the old town centre including its fourteenth century Cathedral.
14 December: A team at Berkeley led by Glenn Seaborg and Edwin McMillan create plutonium by deuteron bombardment of uranium.
24 December: Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
27 December: Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.
29 December: At the height of the London Blitz the reconstructed medieval Guildhall burns and collapses a second time, the first time being during the Great Fire of 1666, famous for its widespread destruction, while on this night the Luftwaffe destroyed an arguably greater area.

People in 1940

Time Person of the Year
Winston Churchill, Time Man of the Year.
Claus von Stauffenberg, Nikola Tesla, George Bernard Shaw, Max Planck, Rabindranath Tagore, Auguste Lumière, David Hilbert, Edvard Munch, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Ford, Louis Lumière, Mahatma Gandhi, Charivarius, Orville Wright, Bertrand Russell, Arnold Schoenberg, Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus, Carl Jung, Jan Prins, Ibn Saud, Hermann Hesse, Joseph Stalin, Wallace Stevens, Otto Hahn, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Stefan Zweig, James Joyce, Willem Elsschot, Igor Stravinsky, Nescio, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Maynard Keynes, José Ortega y Gasset, Benito Mussolini, Harry S. Truman, Niels Bohr, David Ben-Gurion, Robert Schuman, P.N. van Eyck, Marc Chagall, J.C. Bloem, Erwin Schrödinger, Chiang Kai-shek, Chandrasekhara Raman, Andrei Tupolev, T. S. Eliot, Jawaharlal Nehru, Taha Hussein, Charlie Chaplin, Adolf Hitler, Edwin Hubble, Martin Heidegger, Dwight Eisenhower, Agatha Christie, Charles de Gaulle, Ole Kirk Christiansen, Karl Dönitz, James Chadwick, J.R.R. Tolkien, Francisco Franco, Tito, Haile Selassie, Hermann Göring, Ivor Novello, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Martinus Nijhoff, Aldous Huxley, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Trygve Lie, Paul VI, Joseph Goebbels, M.C. Escher, René Magritte, Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Nabokov, Gladwyn Jebb, Jan Oort, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Walt Disney, Ernest Lawrence, Marlene Dietrich, Hirohito, Enrico Fermi, Charles Lindbergh, Puyi, Jan Campert, Belcampo, Louis Leakey, George Orwell, John von Neumann, Bob Hope, Salvador Dalí, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ayn Rand, Gerard Kuiper, Jean-Paul Sartre, Dag Hammarskjöld, Samuel Beckett, Leonid Brezhnev, Kurt Gödel, Edwin McMillan, Bette Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Willard Libby, Ian Fleming, Albert Broccoli, U Thant, Wernher von Braun, Alan Turing, Richard Nixon, Jesse Owens, Gerald Ford, Menachem Begin, Benjamin Britten, Kees Stip, Yuri Andropov, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, Édith Piaf, Arthur C. Clarke, John F. Kennedy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, Anwar Sadat, Isaac Asimov, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Federico Fellini, Yves Montand, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Maria Callas, Lucebert, Margaret Thatcher, Malcolm X, Pol Pot, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Andy Warhol, Che Guevara, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Brel, Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Edsger Dijkstra, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, Yuri Gagarin, The 14th Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley and Kofi Annan celebrated their birthday this year.

Presenting 1940

The year 1940 was a leap year starting on a Monday, just like 1844, 1872 and 1912 in the century before it and 1968, 1996 and 2024 in the next.

The coloured days highlight birthscake, deathsdagger, politicalcrown, scientificpaperclip, artisticpaperclip and otherasterisk historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and holidaysanchor. The newnew moon, waxingwaxing moon, fullfull moon and waningwaning moon icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.

Calculating time

The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.

URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1940 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 18 November 2017.
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