On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1940

Historical Events

  • Italy annexes Albania
  • NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestHerbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock, American jazz and funk pianist, and composer ("I Thought it Was You"; "Rockit"; "Watermelon Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
  • John Hagee, American pastor and televangelist, born in Goose Creek, Texas
  • Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, born in Ewing, Kentucky (d. 2011)
1940 Highlights

About April 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 6 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries