On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1940

Historical Events

  • Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller hurls the first and only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history; beats Chicago WS, 1-0 at Comiskey Park
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro

Famous Birthdays

  • Benoît Bouchard, French Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec
  • David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados

Margrethe II

Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972 - present), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys, British banker and deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd), born in England
1940 Highlights

About April 16, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

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