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Events of 1940
Date Event
Apr 09, 1940 Germany invades Norway, Denmark
May 10, 1940 Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
May 12, 1940 Germany invades France
Jun 03, 1940 The United States government approves a sale of surplus war material to Great Britain
Jun 14, 1940 Paris falls to the German army
Jun 14, 1940 Auschwitz receives its first Polish prisoners
Jun 14, 1940 The U.S. Naval Expansion Act is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, increasing the capacity of the U.S. Navy by 11%
Aug 20, 1940 Churchill becomes Britain's prime minister. Trotsky assassinated in Mexico
Sep 02, 1940 The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is officially dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Sep 14, 1940 The U.S. Congress approves the first peacetime conscription draft.
Nov 05, 1940 President Franklin D. Roosevelt continues his dominance of presidential politics with a 449 to 82 Electoral College victory over Republican candidate Wendell Wilkie, winning his third presidential election. Roosevelt becomes the first man to hold office for three terms.
, 1940 The 1940 census indicated a United States population of 132,164,569. This represented an increase of 7.3% since 1930, the lowest rate of increase in the 20th century. The center of the United States population was geographically placed two miles southeast by east of Carlisle, Indiana.
, 1940 Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania annexed by USSR.
, 1940 U.S. trades 50 destroyers for leases on British bases in Western Hemisphere.
, 1940 Selective Service Act signed.
, 1940 The first official network television broadcast is put out by NBC.

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