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This article is a date listing important events for the year 1940.
- June 4 – The General Assembly of Virginia designated this day as Jack Jouett Day "in honor of a brave and loyal Virginian whose signal exploit will be remembered as long as men shall love true courage and noble and unselfish action".
- October 28 – Members of the Kiwanis Club debate a proposal to relocate City Hall at Midway and vote in a presidential straw poll. Thirty members selected Republican Wendell Willkie and 27 chose Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Some members argued Midway, the former site of Lane High School, would be better suited as either a playground or a convention center. 
- August 2 – Dr. James H. Dillard died at his home in Charlottesville. He was an educator and reformer who, early in the twentieth century, became the best-known and most-active white proponents of improved educational opportunities for African Americans in the South. In 1930, two historically black universities in New Orleans combined to form Dillard University, named in his honor.
- August 31 – Former Mayor A. V. Conway of Charlottesville died after an illness of four years. Mr. Conway, who was about 70, had been identified with the business and civic life of Charlottesville and Albemarle County for more than half a century.
- https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Jack_Jouett_s_Ride_1781 Virginia Humanities
- Web. Kiwanis Debates Moving City Hall, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 29, 1940, retrieved October 29, 2022. Print. October 29, 1940 page 3.
- Web. Former Mayor Conway Of Charlottesville Dies, By the Associated Press., 02 Sept. 1940.