The average life expectancy of an American was 64 years.
Hitler's conquests in Europe were softening America's isolationist stand as World War II continued. Italy declared war on England and France and invaded the Balkans. The 1940 Olympics were canceled due to the international ill will.
Harry James left Benny Goodman's Orchestra to form his own band and hired a then-unknown Frank Sinatra as lead singer.
Walt Disney released Pinocchio, which included the hit When You Wish Upon A Star. Disney's animated spectacular, Fantasia, was previewed in New York on November 13th.
NBC conducted the first telecast of an opera in New York. CBS demonstrated its bulky color television system using New York experimental station W2XAB, Channel 1.