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Headlines From 1940 Events UK

Recipients love to read what was happening in the world on a date that has a special meaning to them, such as a birthday or anniversary, as it creates a fascinating connection with their past. A 1940 Newspaper offers the ultimate insight into 1940 news as it offers a true window into how the world once was, reported first hand from those living at that time. Birthday Newspapers offer a wonderful trip down memory lane, and the personal nature of this present will show that you have put a lot of thought into your gift.

Headlines From 1940 Events

Not only will your newspaper be a fantastic way to discover 1940 history but it will also be a treasured gift of high sentimental value. This is made even more special with the certificate of authenticity included with every 1940 newspaper, at no extra charge. This can be personalised with not only the recipients name and the occasion but also a personal message. Add the perfect finishing touch to this special gift with one of our many stunning presentation options, ranging from commemorative keepsake folders to beautifully crafted gift boxes.

These look great but will also help to store your 1940 newspaper so that it can be referred to and enjoyed for many years to come. Not just by the person receiving it but by future generations that will enjoy sharing trips down memory lane as the 1940 pictures, headlines and news reports bring back fond memories from the past.

Newspaper 1940 Article Coverage

Please see below for a breakdown of important events that happened in 1940 which are likely to be covered in your newspaper dependent on the date selected. If you're looking for specific 1940 news headlines then please feel free to contact our archivist team who are experts when it comes to researching old newspapers from this significant period of historical interest.

Date Event
8th January 1940Food rationing begins in Great Britain as a result of the Second World War.
18th March 1940Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.
7th April 1940Booker T. Washington - an educator, author and leading figure in African-American communities - becomes the first black man to be depicted on an American postage stamp.
10th May 1940Neville Chamberlain resigns as Prime Minster and Winston Churchill replaces him..
4th June 1940British forces successfully complete the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in France.
4th June 1940Winston Churchill tells the British House of Commons, "We shall not flag or fail. We shall fight on the beaches...on the landing the fields and the streets...We shall never surrender."
10th June 1940Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom.
14th June 1940Paris falls under German occupation.
10th July 1940The Battle of Britain begins. The German Air Force attempt to gain air superiority, but the Royal Air Force stand firm. This is the Nazi Germans’ first defeat in the Second World War and thus a turning point of the war.
20th August 1940Winston Churchill pays tribute to the Royal Air Force in the House of Commons: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
7th September 1940Nazi Germany begins to rain bombs on London in the first of fifty-seven consecutive nights of strategic bombing, known as the Blitz.
9th November 1940Neville Chamberlain, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1869) dies.
11th November 1940Battle of Taranto: The Royal Navy launches the first all-aircraft carrier strike in history, on the Italian fleet at Taranto.
14th November 1940Coventry is destroyed by five-hundred German Air Force bombers using a total of 150,000 fire bombs, 503 tons of high explosives, and 130 parachute mines. 568 people are killed.
12th December 1940The City of Sheffield is badly damaged by German air-raids.
21st December 1940F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (b. 1896) dies from a second heart-attack.
29th December 1940Second Great Fire of London: Luftwaffe, the German Air force, carries out a massive incendiary bombing raid, starting 1,500 fires. Many famous buildings, including the Guildhall and Trinity House, are either damaged or destroyed.
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A Newspaper From 1940

Shown as an example of papers printed at this time (click to enlarge).