LOOK 1940

Historical Highlights of 1940 …

  • The first McDonald’s hamburger stand opens in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt wins the election and becomes the United States’ first third-term president.
  • Rising star Frank Sinatra joins the Tommy Dorsey orchestra.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” wins Best Picture.
  • Famous Births … Frank Zappa, Jack Nicklaus, John Lennon.
  • Deaths … F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leon Trotsky.
  • The 1940 Summer Olympics to be held in Helsinki, were cancelled due to outbreak of World War II.
  • A Ford Super Deluxe Sedan Coupe sold for $1395.
  • Armistice Day Blizzard took place in the Midwest region of the United States. The intense winter storm cut through the middle of the country from Kansas to Michigan.
  • Winston Churchill becomes Britain’s Prime Minister.
  • Freeze drying is adapted for food preservation.

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