Extra, Extra Read All About It – 1940 News


As we get closer to the United States releasing the 1940s census, I want to look at some of the most memorable newsworthy events of 1940.

Newsworthy Events:

  • January 8 – WWII: Food rationing begins in Great Britain.
  • February 7 – RKO release Walt Disney’s second full-length animated film, Pinocchio.
  • March 2 – Cartoon character Elmer Fudd makes his debut in the animated short, Elmer’s Candid Camera.
  • April 7 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African-American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
  • May 15 – The very first McDonald’s restaurant opens in San Bernardino, California.
  • June 4 – Winston Churchill tells the British House of Commons, “We shall not flag or fail. We shall fight on the beaches… on the landing grounds… in the fields and the streets…. We shall never surrender.”
  • July 27 – Bugs Bunny makes his debut in the Oscar-nominated cartoon short, A Wild Hare.
  • August 4 –  Charles Lindbergh speaks to an isolationist rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  • September 7 – Nazi Germany begins to bomb London (the first of 57 consecutive nights of strategic bombing). This was also known as the “Blitz”
  • October 16 – The draft registration of approximately 16 million men begins in the U. S.
  • November 5 – U.S. 1940 Presidential Election. Democratic incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican Wendell Willkie to become the United States’ only third-term president.
  • December 30 – California’s first modern freeway is opened for traffic in Pasadena, California, as the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

Who will you be looking for in the census? Please go to https://www.familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing to volunteer to transcribe the 1940 census which will be available April 2, 2012!

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