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    • January 5 - FM radio is demonstrated to the FCC for the first time.
    • January 12 - World War II: Russia bombs cities in Finland.
    • June 21 - France surrenders to Germany
    • February 2 - Frank Sinatra debuts with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra
    • February 2 - The Complex Number Calculator, a calculator for complex arithmetic based on relays, was completed. (see History of computing).
    • February 2 - The first transposons are discovered in maize (Zea mays, aka corn) by Barbara McClintock.
    • February 29 - For her role as as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress).
    • March 12 - Winter War: Soviet Union and Finland sign a peace treaty in Moscow ending the Winter War. Finland loses 10% of its territory.
    • March 18 - World War II: 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.
    • April 7 - Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
    • November - Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Wendell L. Wilkie in the U.S. presidential election
    • November 11 - The Royal Navy launches the first aircraft carrier strike in history, on the Italian fleet at Taranto
    • November 11 - The German Hilfskreuzer (cruiser) Atlantis captures top secret British mail, and sends it to Japan
    • February 23 - World War II: Soviet Union troops conquer Lasi Island.
    • December 30 - California opens its first freeway the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
    • Charlie Chaplin directs the filmThe Great Dictator in which he plays a fascist dictator, clearly modeled on Adolf Hitler.
    • The first McDonald's restaurant is founded by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, in San Bernardino, California.
    • USSR annexes the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
    • Germany begins a bombing campaign against Britain in preparation for an invasion, in what becomes known as the Battle of Britain.
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