Desire's Time Machine Visits the Forties

A chronological timeline of historical and pop culture events from the 1940s
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December 13th, 1940.  “Santa Fe Trail” premieres in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Errol Flynn plays the Civil War General “Jeb Stuart” in this biopic about his early days including his relationship with Kit Carson Holliday (Olivia De Havilland), his friendship with George Armstrong Custer (Ronald Reagan), and his battles with the abolitionist, John Brown (Raymond Massey).

video via CaptBijou’s You Tube Channel

December 13th, 1940.  Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France
Hubert Rostaing (cl); Alix Combelle (cl, ts & chimes); Django Reinhardt (g solo); Joseph Reinhardt (g);
Tony Rovira (b); Pierre Fouad (dm).

video and liner notes via Bibi1944’s You Tube Channel

December 11th, 1940.  on the set of Ziegfeld Girl, being photographed with Lana Turner for publicity shots.Photo Credit: Clarence Sinclair Bull Serial Number: S1165-170
photo and caption via Judy Garland Experience

December 11th, 1940.  on the set of Ziegfeld Girl, being photographed with Lana Turner for publicity shots.

Photo Credit: Clarence Sinclair Bull

Serial Number: S1165-170

photo and caption via Judy Garland Experience

December 10th, 1940.  Fats Waller records “Frenesi” in the Panther Room at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago.

video and caption via Mr Aoua’s You Tube Channel

December 9th, 1940. Cameron Highlanders, a Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army, and Indian troops march past the Great Pyramid in the North African Desert.
photo and caption via The Atlantic

December 9th, 1940. Cameron Highlanders, a Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army, and Indian troops march past the Great Pyramid in the North African Desert.

photo and caption via The Atlantic

December 9th, 1940.  Ginger Rogers, Cover of Life Magazine.

December 9th, 1940.  Ginger Rogers, Cover of Life Magazine.

December 8th, 1940.  “Fishing on the San Lorenzo”  This was back in the day before the Santa Cruz City Council’s let pollutants and developers kill off our fish. This was the opening of the steelhead season, by Murray Street on East Cliff. 
photo and caption via Bratton Online

December 8th, 1940.  “Fishing on the San Lorenzo”  This was back in the day before the Santa Cruz City Council’s let pollutants and developers kill off our fish. This was the opening of the steelhead season, by Murray Street on East Cliff. 

photo and caption via Bratton Online

December 8th, 1940.  The Chicago Bears defeat the Washington Redskins, 73-0 for the championship, in what still stands as the most lopsided victory in NFL history.
photo via Gridiron Uniform database

December 8th, 1940.  The Chicago Bears defeat the Washington Redskins, 73-0 for the championship, in what still stands as the most lopsided victory in NFL history.

photo via Gridiron Uniform database

December 7th, 1940.  Above is seen Frederick Ewen, Professor of English at Brooklyn College, speaking before a mass rally of Brooklyn College students who have organized a S.O.S. (Save Our Schools) movement against the rabid attacks of the Rapp-Coudert witchhunt committee.
photo and caption via Brooklyn College
Rapp-Coudert was part of the New York State Legislature that was notorious for conducting anti-Communist investigations from 1940 to 1942.

December 7th, 1940.  Above is seen Frederick Ewen, Professor of English at Brooklyn College, speaking before a mass rally of Brooklyn College students who have organized a S.O.S. (Save Our Schools) movement against the rabid attacks of the Rapp-Coudert witchhunt committee.

photo and caption via Brooklyn College

Rapp-Coudert was part of the New York State Legislature that was notorious for conducting anti-Communist investigations from 1940 to 1942.