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1940 Trivia Quiz Questions with Answers

Free Trivia quiz questions about things that happened in the year 1940.


Free 1940 Trivia Questions And Answers

Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring assumes control of most what?
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 what?
A: Hottest day ever, 43.2 degrees Celsius (109.76 Fahrenheit).

Soviet forces launch a major assault on Finnish troops occupying what?
A: The Karelian Isthmus.


Who is executed in the Soviet Union on charges of treason and espionage?
A: Vsevolod Meyerhold.

RKO releases what Walt Disney full-length animated film?
A: Pinocchio.

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 what?
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?
A: Carbon-14.


Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African-American to win what?
A: A Academy Award.

What game show debuts on NBC Radio?
A: Truth or Consequences.

Cartoon character Elmer Fudd makes his debut in what animated short?
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?
A: Finland.

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 Weserübung?
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 what?
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 as host?
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?
A: Ostend.

Who is named vice-premier of France?
A: Marshal Philippe Pétain.

Who replaces Maurice Gamelin as commander-in-chief of all French forces?
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 declare what?
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: Italy.

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 Mercader.

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.

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