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Major Events of 1940
1940 (Roman Numerals: MCMXL) was the 40th year of the 20th century. 1940 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Monday.
World War II continued to rage in 1940. Germany over-ran most of Western Europe, including Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, France. However, the planned German invasion of Britain was cancelled after the German Luftwaffe could not overcome the British Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. Italy entered the war on Germany's side, but her attacks on Greece and the British position in Egypt were unsuccessful.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1940.
News Events of 1940
Insecticidal properties of DDT discovered by Paul Mueller.
Germany invades Norway and Denmark .
Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister.
Germans attack Belgium, Netherlands, and France.
British Army withdraws from France (Dunkirk).
Italy declares war on Britain and France.
France surrenders to Germany.
Battle of Britain (Royal Air Force defeats German Luftwaffe).
USSR takes control of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania .
Italy launches invasion of Greece from Albania.
Tripartite (Axis) pact signed by Germany, Italy, Japan.
Hungary and Romania join Axis.
Woody Woodpecker cartoon first appears.
McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
Sports in 1940
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