On April 2, 1940, the New York Times reported that the 1940 census would start that day, reassuring those nervous about personal privacy that they would be ground up into a kind of statistical sausage.
Elsewhere that same day:
- The US Government awarded Aircraft Pilot’s Certificate Number One to 68-year-old Orville Wright.
- Two-time Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling wrote a letter about U.S. reluctance to join the war in Europe.
- First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote her daily column while traveling through Beverly Hills, California.
- Glenn Miller was ripping up the charts with his #1 hit: