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1939

1940

history - the Soviet Union and Finland sign a peace treaty in Moscow ending the Winter War - Axis powers: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom - Germany invades Denmark and Norway in Operation Weserübung - the Faroe Islands are occupied by British troops - battle of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg begins, British invasion of Iceland - Holocaust: the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German concentration camps, opens in occupied Poland - Paris is bombed by the Luftwaffe for the first time - Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom - Canada declares war on Italy - the Soviet Union annexes three Baltic States which are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuani, this is the most popular date to be said when the term Soviet Empire was coined - Operation Ariel begins: Allied troops start to evacuate France - General Charles de Gaulle is officially recognized by Britain as the "Leader of all Free Frenchmen, wherever they may be" - the Battle of Britain begins - Germany, Italy and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact - Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers - Leon Trotsky (†)

culture - Plutonium is first synthesized - in Lascaux, France, 17,000-year-old cave paintings are discovered - Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator - Walt Disney: Fantasia - FM radio demonstrated for the first time - Graham Greene: The Power and the Glory - Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls - Bertolt Brecht: Leben des Galilei - Selma Lagerlöf (†) - Paul Klee (†)

music - Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Peter Grimes - Richard Rodgers: Pal Joey - Billboard magazine publishes its first "Music Popularity Chart"

first released recordings: Champion Jack Dupree, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman), Sam Price, The Five Breezes (Willie Dixon...)

released recordings/songs - Glenn Miller: In the Mood, The Ink Spots: We Three, Jimmie Davis: You Are My Sunshine, Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads

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