L Book 1940

In 1940, Franklin Roosevelt became the first and only three-term president when he defeated Wendell Wilkie in November. The United States begins preparing for war with the selective service lottery in October, along with a fireside chat in December where Roosevelt proclaims that the United States must become "the great arsenal of democracy." Germany continues to invade European countries including the Netherlands, Luxemborg, Belgium and northern France, with Paris falling to German control in May. On June 10th, Italy declared war on France and the United Kingdom.

In the arts, "The Great Dictator" by Charles Chaplin is released, Bugs Bunny made his debut and Walt Disney released Pinocchio and Fantasia.

 

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Lawrence Technological University