November: In Cambodia the Khmer Issarak is formed to overthrow the French Army within the nation.
November 5: United States presidential election, 1940: Democrat incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican challenger Wendell Willkie and becomes the United States' first and only third-term president.
November 6: Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None is published in book form in the United States.
November 7: In Tacoma, Washington, the 600-foot (180 m)-long center span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (known as Galloping Gertie) collapses.
November 8: MS City of Rayville is sunk by a naval mine, the first US merchant to be lost in the war off Cape Otway, Australia
November 9: Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez premieres in Barcelona, Spain.
November 10: An earthquake in Bucharest, Romania kills 1,000.
November 11: The Royal Navy launches the first aircraft carrier strike in history, on the Italian battleship fleet anchored at Taranto naval base. - German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis captures top secret British mail, and sends it to Japan. - Armistice Day Blizzard: An unexpected blizzard kills 144 in the Midwestern United States.
November 13: Walt Disney's Fantasia is released. It is the first box office failure for Disney, though it eventually recoups its cost years later, and becomes one of the most highly regarded of Disney's films.
November 14: The city of Coventry, England is destroyed by 500 Luftwaffe bombers: 150,000 fire bombs, 503 tons of high explosives, and 130 parachute mines level 60,000 of the city's 75,000 buildings; 568 people are killed, during the Coventry Blitz.
November 16: In response to Germany levelling Coventry 2 days before, the Royal Air Force begins to bomb Hamburg (by war's end, 50,000 Hamburg residents will have died from Allied attacks). - An unexploded pipe bomb is found in the Consolidated Edison office building (only years later is the culprit, George Metesky, apprehended). - The Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers is founded.
November 18: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous invasion of Greece.
November 20: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
November 25: Patria disaster: As British authorities attempt to deport Jewish refugees (originating from German-occupied Europe) from Mandatory Palestine to Mauritius aboard the requisitioned emigrant liner SS Patria (1913) at Haifa, the Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah sinks the ship with a bomb, killing around 250 refugees and crew.
November 27: In Romania, coup leader General Ion Antonescu's Iron Guard arrests and executes over 60 of exiled king Carol II of Romania's aides. Among the dead is former minister and acclaimed historian Nicolae Iorga. - The Royal Navy and Regia Marina fight the Battle of Cape Spartivento. (source: Wikipedia)