Free 1940s Trivia Questions And Answers - Trivia Quiz Questions From 1940
Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring assumes control of most
A: War industries in Germany.
Who takes command of all Soviet forces?
A: General Semyon Timoshenko.
Battle of Suomussalmi: In what
battle is the Russian 44th
Assault Division destroyed by Finnish forces?
A: .WWII, Battle of Suomussalmi.
What begins in Great Britain?
A: Food rationing.
What British submarine is sunk?
A: HMS Starfish.
On January 26, Brisbane, Australia swelters through its
A: Hottest day ever, 43.2 degrees Celsius (109.76 Fahrenheit).
Soviet forces launch a major assault on Finnish troops
A: The Karelian Isthmus.
Who is executed in the Soviet Union on charges of treason
A: Vsevolod Meyerhold.
RKO releases what Walt Disney full-length animated film?
Tom and Jerry make their debut in what cartoon?
A: Puss Gets the Boot.
However it is not until 1941 that their "what" are adopted?
A: Current names.
The British destroyer HMS Cossack pursues the German tanker
Altmark into the neutral waters of Jøssingfjord in southwestern Norway and does
A: Frees the 290 British seamen held aboard.
In Tibet, province of Ando, who is proclaimed the tulku
(rebirth) of the fourteenth Dalai Lama?
A: 4-year-old Tenzin Gyatso.
What do Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover?
Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African-American to win
A: A Academy Award.
What game show debuts on NBC Radio?
A: Truth or Consequences.
Cartoon character Elmer Fudd makes his debut in what
A: Elmer's Candid Camera.
Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck and six others leave Monterey,
California for what?
A: The Sea of Cortez on a collecting expedition.
The Soviet Union and what country sign a peace treaty in
Moscow ending the Winter War?
Mae West & W.C. Fields join comedic forces for what movie?
A: My Little Chickadee.
Adolf Hitler meets with whom at Brenner Pass in the Alps
and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom?
A: Benito Mussolini.
Who resigns as prime minister of France?
A: Édouard Daladier.
Who becomes the first African American to be depicted on a
United States postage stamp?
A: Booker T. Washington.
Germany invades what two neutral countries in Operation
A: Denmark and Norway.
The German invasion of Denmark lasts for about how long
before that country capitulates?
A: Six hours.
The Faroe Islands are occupied by British troops, following
A: The German invasion of Denmark.
This action is taken to avert a possible what?
A: German occupation of the islands.
What team wins the 1940 Stanley Cup Finals in ice hockey?
A: The New York Rangers.
How long will it be before their next win?
A: Another 54 years, in 1994.
The Cleveland Indians, behind Bob Feller's Opening Day
no-hitter, defeat what team, 1-0?
A: The Chicago White Sox.
Take It or Leave It makes its debut on CBS Radio, with whom
A: Bob Hawk.
With the resignation of Neville Chamberlain, whom becomes
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
A: Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill, in his first address as Prime Minister,
tells the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, what?
A: "I have nothing to offer you but
blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
German armies open a 60-mile wide breach in the what?
A: Maginot Line at Sedan, France.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her government are
evacuated to London using what for transportation?
A: The British destroyer HMS Hereward.
Where does the very first McDonald's restaurant open?
A: In San Bernardino, California.
What items made of nylon are first placed on sale across
the United States?
A: Women's stockings.
How many pairs are bought on this day.?
A: Almost five million pairs.
Brussels falls to German forces and the Belgian government
flees to where?
Who is named vice-premier of France?
A: Marshal Philippe Pétain.
Who replaces Maurice Gamelin as commander-in-chief of all
A: General Maxime Weygand.
First free flight of Igor Sikorsky's what?
A: Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter.
King Leopold III of Belgium orders what?
A: The Belgian forces to cease fighting, ending the 18-day Battle of Belgium.
Leaders of the Belgian government on French territory
A: Leopold deposed.
What happens to Paris for the first time?
A: It's bombed by the Luftwaffe.
Italy does what?
A: It declares war on France and the United Kingdom.
Canada declares war on whom?
A group of 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnów
become the first residents of what?
A: The Auschwitz concentration camp.
The Soviet Union occupies what two countries?
A: Estonia and Latvia.
British destroyer HMS Escort is torpedoed and sunk by what?
A: An Italian submarine.
The Democratic Party begins its national convention in
Chicago, and nominates Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented what?
A: Third term as president.
What happens to Leon Trotsky?
A: He is attacked with an ice axe in his Mexico home by NKVD agent Ramón
Nazi Germany begins to do what to London?
A: Rain bombs on London for 57 consecutive nights.
In Lascaux, France, 17,000-year-old cave paintings are
discovered by whom?
A: A group of young Frenchmen hiking through Southern France.
The paintings depict animals and date to the what?
A: Stone Age.