Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1940

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.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman
  • Feb 13 Actress Lana Turner marries bandleader Artie Shaw

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Comedian Oliver Hardy (48) marries film assistant Virginia Lucille Jones (30)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and 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
Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo

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