Events occurring on Friday, January 5, 1940  
  The Soviet Union & Finland – The Winter War  
  The Soviet Ambassador in Stockholm, Alexandra Kollontai, protested to the Swedish Government over voluntary recruitment activities and other aid work on behalf of Finland, and also over articles in the Swedish press critical of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union also sent a similar note to the Norwegian Government.  
  The Soviet submarine SHCH-311 sank the Swedish steamer Fenris by firing 73 artillery rounds into the ship off the Swedish coast near Umeå in the Gulf of Bothnia.  
  The Royal Navy  
  The ASW trawler HMS Kingston Cornelian (FY 121) sank following a collision with the French SS Chella east of Gibraltar.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The German tanker Nordmeer reached Vigo, Spain, after her voyage from the Netherlands West 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 destroyer USS Roe (DD 418) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Richard M. Scruggs.
  January 1940 Calendar  
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