Calendar and Summary for November 1940  
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  Summary of Significant Events for November 1940  
  Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican challenger Wendell Willkie to win an unprecedented third term as President of the United States.  Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain died of bowel cancer.  U.S. Ambassador to England Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. stated in an interview for the Boston Sunday Globe that “Democracy is finished in England. It may be here…”  The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (87) launched 21 Swordfish planes that attacked the Italian fleet at Taranto.  German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop met with Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov in Berlin to discuss a new world order.  Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia joined the Tripartite Pact with Germany, Japan, and Italy.  The U-100 and U-123 attacked two North Atlantic convoys and sank 11 ships in a single day.  Japan officially recognized the Nanking government led by President Wang Ching-wei.  33 ships (171,787 tons) were sunk and 3 ships (13,409 tons) were damaged by U-boats during November 1940.  
  Events occurring in November 1940 with no specific dates  
  Military Conflict in North Africa  
  November 15 - November 30, 1940  
  RAF Bristol Blenheim light bombers and Vickers Wellington medium bombers of the Western Desert Air Force attacked targets deep inside Italian held territory, and Westland Lysander light bombers and Blenheims provided complete reconnaissance of Italian defenses at Sidi Barrani.  

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