What Happened in 1940

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 545

  • Jan 1 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • Jan 1 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • Jan 1 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • Jan 3 WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
  • Jan 5 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • Jan 5 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • Jan 6 Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
  • Jan 7 Winter War: The Finish 9th Division defeats the Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road despite being significantly outnumbered
  • Jan 8 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • Jan 9 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
  • Jan 9 J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 12 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • Jan 14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • Jan 15 German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch merchant ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
  • Jan 21 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
  • Jan 22 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • Jan 23 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
  • Jan 25 Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • Jan 26 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • Jan 27 -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
  • Jan 29 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Jan 29 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
  • Jan 30 Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
  • Jan 30 Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
  • Jan 31 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • Jan 31 C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 1 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • Feb 1 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.

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Feb 2 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 5 Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • Feb 5 Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
  • Feb 7 British railways nationalized

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 7 Walt Disney's second feature length movie, "Pinocchio" premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 8 Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 9 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 10 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • Feb 10 Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 10 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner

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Feb 13 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 14 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • Feb 16 British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • Feb 17 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
  • Feb 17 Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
  • Feb 20 Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • Feb 22 Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • Feb 22 German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
  • Feb 23 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
  • Feb 23 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
  • Feb 24 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
  • Feb 25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • Feb 26 US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
  • Feb 27 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • Feb 28 Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
  • Feb 28 US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
  • Feb 29 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
  • Feb 29 Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate

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Feb 29 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar

  • Feb 29 12th Academy Awards: "Gone with the Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win
  • Feb 29 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
  • Mar 1 Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
  • Mar 2 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 2 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
  • Mar 3 Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 6 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • Mar 7 Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home

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Mar 7 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Mar 10 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • Mar 12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • Mar 13 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • Mar 14 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas

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Mar 15 Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 16 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

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Mar 18 Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 19 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
  • Mar 19 French government of Daladier falls
  • Mar 20 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • Mar 23 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
  • Mar 23 All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
  • Mar 23 The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 27 "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1941)

  • Mar 28 Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
  • Mar 29 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 30 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
  • Mar 31 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)

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Apr 1 Filipino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language.

2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon
2nd President of the Philippines
Manuel L. Quezon
  • Apr 4 R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 5 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins

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Apr 7 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Apr 7 7th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 7 US Post Office issues first postage stamp of African American educator Book T. Washington
  • Apr 8 German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • Apr 9 German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
  • Apr 9 Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 725

  • Jan 1 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 1 Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • Jan 1 Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 2 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 4 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4 Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5 Dany Saval, actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
  • Jan 5 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • Jan 5 Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
  • Jan 5 General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • Jan 6 Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 6 Van McCoy, American musician (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6 Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8 Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • Jan 8 Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • Jan 8 Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)
  • Jan 9 Barbara Buczek, composer
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • Jan 9 Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 10 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
  • Jan 11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 13 Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Jan 17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

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Jan 19 Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • Jan 20 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician

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Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 21 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 22 Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)
  • Jan 22 Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23 Johnny Russell, country singer
  • Jan 24 Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 28 Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30 David Johnson, composer
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • Feb 1 Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2 Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • Feb 2 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 2 David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • Feb 2 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in London (d. 2000)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 3 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Feb 4 George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)

Actor & Director George Romero
Actor & Director
George Romero
  • Feb 5 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 6 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • Feb 7 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 8 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 8 Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 9 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 10 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 10 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 10 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Feb 12 Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 12 Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16 Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 19 Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)
  • Feb 19 Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19 Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 19 William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist (& Miracles-Being With You)
  • Feb 19 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • Feb 20 Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 20 RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21 John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 21 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Jan 2 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.
  • Jan 26 Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Actress Gertrude Lawrence (42) weds theater owner Richard Aldrich

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • Jul 31 Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12 PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Aug 25 1st parachute wedding: Reverend Homer Tomlinson marries Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward while all are suspended in parachutes.

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
  • Aug 31 "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 31 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 1 Actor Harry Morgan (25) weds Eileen Detchon

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22 "Adventures of Superman" actor George Reeves (26) weds Ellanora Needles at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California

  • Sep 25 "Sullivan's Travels" actress Veronica Lake (18) weds American motion picture art director and set designer John S. Detlie (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1 Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23 Film director David Lean (32) weds actress Kay Walsh (29)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 30 "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds actor Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 3 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 7 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 22 Jacqueline Kennedy's parents John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III and Janet (Norton Lee) divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 4 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 156

  • Jan 1 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • Jan 5 Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • Jan 5 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • Jan 12 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • Jan 18 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • Jan 20 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
  • Jan 24 Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • Jan 25 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 31 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • Feb 1 Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 4 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 7 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 9 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • Feb 11 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 27 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • Feb 28 Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • Feb 29 Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
  • Mar 1 Josef Swickard, actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Mar 1 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 10 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • Mar 10 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
  • Mar 15 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies

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Mar 16 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 25 Ion Nonna Otescu, composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 26 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • Mar 29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • Apr 6 Andres Isasi, composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 9 Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies
  • Apr 18 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • Apr 18 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, dies
  • Apr 26 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 3 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • May 7 George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • May 10 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • May 14 Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • May 14 Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
  • May 14 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • May 14 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • May 15 Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • May 15 Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • May 20 Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies
  • May 20 Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
  • May 23 Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies
  • May 23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • May 25 Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • May 28 Randle Ayrton, actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
  • May 28 Theodor Streicher, composer, dies at 65
  • May 28 Walter Connolly, actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies at 53
  • May 28 Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 30 Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104
  • Jun 2 Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies
  • Jun 6 E E Clive, actor (Bulldog Drummond, Night Muss Fall), dies at 56
  • Jun 7 James Hall, writer/actor (Millie, Hell's Angels), dies at 39
  • Jun 8 Frederick Shepherd Converse, US composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 16 DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • Jun 16 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • Jun 19 Maurice Jaubert, composer, dies at 40
  • Jun 20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • Jun 21 Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • Jun 21 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • Jun 21 W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
  • Jun 22 M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • Jun 22 Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
  • Jun 22 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 28 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
  • Jun 29 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • Jul 2 Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
  • Jul 2 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 3 George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 10 Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
  • Jul 15 Donald Calthrop, dies at 52
  • Jul 15 Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
  • Jul 19 Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • Jul 20 Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • Jul 28 Johann Richard Ohlsson, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 31 Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • Aug 3 Willard Hershberger, catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • Aug 5 Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Frederick Cook, American explorer, claimed to have 1st discovered North Pole, dies at 75
  • Aug 8 Johnny Dodds, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Aug 13 George C Pearce, actor (Hold tat Lion, British Agent), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • Aug 17 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29

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Aug 18 Walter Chrysler, American founder of car company Chrysler, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler

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Aug 21 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Aug 21 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • Aug 21 Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • Aug 22 Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • Aug 24 Paul G Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Arthur De Greef, composer, dies at 77