Events occurring on Friday, April 19, 1940  
  The Allied Response in Norway to Operation Weserübung  
  The British 146th Territorial Brigade under command of General Carton de Wiart joined Norwegian forces at Steinkjer, at the northern end of the Trondheimfjord, and pushed forward 6 miles to Verdal where they encountered the German 138th Gebirgsjäger Regiment, advancing north from Trondheim. This was the first engagement between British and German land forces in World War II.  
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  The Japanese government informed the United States that Japan had no aggressive intentions toward the Netherlands East Indies.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The minesweeping trawler HMS Hickory (T 116) was commissioned. Her first commander was Chief Skipper Arthur Pitchers.  
  April 1940 Calendar  
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