Okay as promised earlier, I am going to make a run at this as I did for the Pacific and Indian Ocean Theaters. If I leave anything out please point it out as this is definately not a strong area for me. January 1, 1940 -Tenth Naval District with headquarters at San Juan, Puerto Rico, is established, Commander Reuben L. Walker is first commandant. -U.S. freighter City of Flint, her odyssey almost at an end, is damaged in collision with British steamship Baron Blytheswood. Repairs to City of Flint will keep her at Narvik, Norway, for another six days. -U.S. freighter Exeter is detained at Gibraltar by British authorities. -Uruguayan government interns German freighter Tacoma at Montevideo as an auxiliary war vessel. -Charles Edison of New Jersey becomes Secretary of the Navy; he had been Acting Secretary since the death of Claude A. Swanson on 7 July 1939. -Department of State releases statement to press telling of the delivery of "vigorous protest" to the British Foreign Office concerning the British removing and censoring U.S. mail from British and U.S. and neutral ships. January 1, 1942 -President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill sign the Joint Declaration of the United Nations; only the United States and Britain had discussed the document's creation, but ultimately representatives of 24 other nations, including the Soviet Union and China, will affix their signatures to it. There will be no separate peace agreements; the signatories pledge to fight until the Axis is defeated. Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll succeeds Admiral Ernest J. King as Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet. January 1, 1943 -In the Mediterranean Sea, the German submarine U-73 torpedoes and sinks U.S. freighter Arthur Middleton off Oran, Algeria; of the 81 souls on board (11 of whom are from the crew of tank landing craft LCT-21, which is also lost) 3 sailors of the 27-man Armed Guard detachment are the only survivors.