This Day in History

The Nazi T4 Program

On May 21, 1940, in a dark chapter of World War II, the Nazis carried out mass killings of “unfit” people in East Prussia as part of their secretive T4 Euthanasia Program. This program aimed to exterminate individuals deemed unworthy of life due to severe psychiatric, neurological, or physical disabilities, based on the twisted principles […]

Winston Churchill Rises to Power

Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of Britain on May 10, 1940, as the country faced the dire threats of World War II. Churchill’s ascension to leadership came at a critical juncture, following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. Known for his formidable oratory skills and indomitable spirit, Churchill’s leadership would prove crucial in bolstering British […]

Hattie McDaniel Becomes First African American to Win Oscar

On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel made history by becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award, winning the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in ‘Gone with the Wind.’ McDaniel’s groundbreaking win marked a significant milestone in Hollywood’s recognition of African American talent and paved the way for greater diversity in […]

Romania Joins the Axis Powers

On this day in 1940, Romania joined the Axis Powers during World War II. This decision had significant implications for the Eastern Front and the overall course of the war.

Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” Premieres

Walt Disney’s groundbreaking animated film “Fantasia” premiered on November 13th, 1940. Featuring classical music pieces accompanied by stunning visuals, “Fantasia” revolutionized animation and became a timeless classic.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Wins a Third Term as U.S. President

President Franklin D. Roosevelt secured an unprecedented third term in office when he was re-elected on November 5th, 1940. This marked a time of immense significance as the world was on the brink of World War II, and Roosevelt played a crucial role in guiding the United States through the conflict.

Italy Invades Greece

On October 28, 1940, Mussolini’s army, already occupying Albania, invades Greece in what would prove to be a military disaster. The Greeks succeeded in pushing the Italians back into Albania after just one week.

The Tripartite Pact

The Tripartite Pact was signed, forming the Axis Powers alliance between Germany, Italy, and Japan during World War II.

Selective Training and Service Act

The United States instituted the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, which required all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register for the draft. This was the first peacetime draft in United States’ history.

Lascaux cave

In Montignac, France, four teenage boys found the Lascaux cave, which contains one of the most outstanding displays of prehistoric art ever discovered.