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Decades: 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s - 1940s - 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

Years: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 - 1940 - 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945


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Events

  • The Complex Number Calculator, a calculator for complex arithmetic based on relays, was completed. (see History of computing).
  • The first transposons are discovered in corn (zea mays) by Barbara McClintock.
  • March 6 - Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union ends. Finland loses 10% territory.
  • WWII: Germany invades France in May, which surrenders in June and Vichy France is established. The British evacuate thousands of troops from Dunkirk.
  • Germany begins a bombing campaign against Britain in preparation for an invasion, in what becomes known as the [[World War II/Battle of Britain|Battle of Britain

]].

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