Here are some one liners...
France's Surrender and the Temptation of Vietnam -- I try to answer the question... why did Japan enter the war at all?
Faith, Hope, Charity and the Zombie Apocalypse -- I talk about the RAF planes of Malta and a Zombie Apocalypse novel.
Trotsky Dies... Rather Messily -- Stalin has a long memory.
Notable Births -- See Below.
This Year in Music -- See Below.
This Year in Film -- See Below.
In Other News -- The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses, the F4U Corsair makes its debut, and the first McDonald's opens.
France's Surrender and the Temptation of Vietnam
- [It is] a treasure lying in the street just waiting to be picked up!
- -- Foreign Minister Masuoka, "Mr. 50,000 Words," speaking to Japan's new cabinet members about Vietnam. 
Faith, Hope, Charity and the Zombie ApocalypseThe Island of Malta was once held by the Knights of the Order of Saint John against the Arab invasion of Europe. Frankly, the Knights saved Europe. In 1940, Malta is still a strategic position, so a British ship drops off a few crates containing obsolete Gloster Gladiator biplanes. The mission is to assemble the plane from crates (which is why planes are sometimes called "crates") and then hold Malta, letting no bombers pass. These planes are being held together with chewing gum and a pray. The pilots cannibalize, they improvise, they carry out the mission no matter what. As the story goes, they name the last three planes: "Faith, Hope and Charity" after the biblical verse. Only "Faith" will survive the war.       
Trotsky Dies... Rather MessilyLike an elephant, Stalin doesn't forget. (He is also fat, ugly and he smells.) Leon Trotsky has been on Stalin's "to-do" list for a long time now. The Great Purge has eliminated almost anyone who might be a threat to Stalin, and millions more are killed... just because he can. Trotsky was the former heir-apparent to the leadership of the Soviet Union after Lenin, but Stalin squeezed Trotsky out and eventually had him banished. Trotsky is now living in Mexico, generally minding his own business. He has hired an assistant that he trusts, but this fellow is Stalin's hired assassin. As Trotsky sits at his desk, going over papers, the assassin pulls out an ice axe and swings for the back of Trotsky's head. (Assassination tip: DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES!) Trotsky cries out good and loud for a LONG time. He actually wrestles with the assassin until the bodyguards arrive. Trotsky dies the next day from loss of blood and shock. The assassin will spend a few years in a Mexican jail and then be released. He will receive the Order of Lenin... for assassinating Lenin's heir... ironically.   
World War 2 in Review
- "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." -- Winston Churchill as the new Prime Minister. 
- The USSR sends grain to Germany. Germany would never attack it's food supplier. Would it?
- The Belgians blow their bridges. 
- HERE THEY COME!!!
- Allied troops are pushed back to Dunkirk. 340,000 troops begin evacuation. 
- "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..." -- Winston Churchill after the miracle of the Dunkirk rescue. 
- The Germans roll into Paris. 
- "But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour." -- Winston Churchill. 
- The Battle of Britain begins. The Luftwaffe bomb targets in the UK.
- The US Army mobilizes. Moving things around and stepping up training. (Are we at war?)
- The Luftwaffe hit a church. Civilian targeting begins.
- Churchill orders the bombing of Berlin. 
- London is hit hard. 2,000 are dead. This is Hitler's big mistake.
- "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill, thanking the RAF pilots in the Battle of Britain. 
- The invasion of Britain is delayed indefinitely.
- JAPAN JOINS THE AXIS POWERS!
- The Draft begins in the United States. (I think we are at war!)
- Germany targets St. Paul's Cathedral.
- St. Paul's Cathedral is damaged but it still stands.
- Jim Bakker (Living): A glitzy televangelist convicted of fraud. 
- Nancy Pelosi (Living): Congresswoman and first woman Speaker of the House. (Various snide comments deleted.) 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- Patrick Stewart (Living): Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Professor Xavier of the X-Men. 
- -- Chuck Norris (Living): Martial arts expert, actor and political conservative. 
- -- Bruce Lee: Martial arts innovator, and actor. 
- -- John Lennon: Musician and songwriter for The Beatles and husband of Yoko Ono. 
- -- Ringo Starr (Living): Drummer for The Beatles and "Mr. Conductor" in Thomas the Tank Engine. 
- **Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked.
This Year in Film
- The Great Dictator: starring Charlie Chaplain. 
- Pinocchio: animated film from Disney Studios. 
- Fantasia: mixed animation-live classical concert from Disney Studios. 
This Year in Music
- In the Mood: (Glenn Miller Band) 
- I'll Never Smile Again: (Tommy Dorsey Band). 
- When You Wish Upon a Star: (From the Disney animated film, Pinocchio.). 
In Other News
- The F4U Corsair makes its debut. It has trouble landing on aircraft carriers. (Are we at war?) 
- The first McDonald's opens: It's a BBQ joint. It will switch to burgers later.