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5 June: Yorkshire-born novelist and playwright J. B. Priestley broadcasts his first Sunday evening radio Postscript, "An excursion to hell", on the BBC Home Service, marking the role of the pleasure steamers in the Dunkirk evacuation, just completed.
14 July: The BBC Home Service 9.00pm news bulletin includes a vivid account of an air battle over the English Channel recorded live the previous day by reporter Charles Gardner. The bulletin is preceded by a speech by Churchill, "The War of the Unknown Warriors?, and followed by J. B. Priestley's Postscript describing the seaside resort of Margate in wartime.
19 July: Adolf Hitler makes a peace appeal to Britain in an address to the Reichstag. BBC German-language broadcaster Sefton Delmer unofficially rejects it at once and Lord Halifax, British foreign minister, flatly rejects peace terms in a broadcast reply on 22 July.
October: The evacuated BBC Radio Variety Department relocates to Bangor in north Wales from where it will broadcast until 1943.
^"Mrs. Campbell, 75, Famous Actress". The New York Times. 11 April 1940. Retrieved 2008. Mrs. Patrick Campbell, famous actress, died last night in Pau, according to word received here to day. She had taken leading roles in plays of Shakespeare, Shaw and Barrie, and on several occasions had toured America.