A year earlier, the Second World War had begun. There is now a series of UK Ministry of Information posters titled Careless Talk Costs Lives. At the Otto Kallir Gallery in New York City, Grandma Moses’ show titled ‘What a Farm Wife Painted’ premiered.
On June 14, German forces seized Paris as the battle went on. That night, the Germans enforced an 8 p.m. curfew on Parisians. A significant portion of the city’s population had already evacuated before the German tanks stormed the French capital. Germany and Italy’s assets were frozen by the United States of America. Arrested and interrogated by German authorities, as well as spies dispatched into the city. The Germans flew a giant swastika over Paris during their occupation of the city.
Despite the horrors of World War II, life went on. Four teens from Montignac, France, found the Lascaux cave paintings on September 12th. More than 600 drawings and paintings from the Upper Paleolithic period, most of which represent animals, are among the oldest art forms ever discovered. A grotto 16 feet high and 66 feet wide houses the paintings. Around 1500 carvings can be seen in the caverns.
Bruce Lee was born on November 27 in San Francisco, California, making him one of the greatest performers and martial artists of all time. Less than a year after their departure, the Lees made their way back to Hong Kong. Bruce Lee began his acting career as a young actor and went on to star in over two dozen films until his death. The Wing Chun style of Kung Fu and dance were two of Bruce Lee’s favourite subjects of study. A few years later, Bruce Lee went to the United States and opened a martial arts school in Seattle, where he also taught martial arts to Steve McQueen, a famed actor. The Second Globe War was still raging when 1940 rolled around, and the world was in its worst hours. Also this year, female workers increased from 27% to 37% and one in every four married women were employed.
Continue reading to discover more about the events of 1940.
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