On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1940

Famous Birthdays

  • Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], British rock singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise"), and actor (That'll Be The Day), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), born in Nantes, France (d. 2020)
  • John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, born in Surbiton, England (d. 2019)
1940 Highlights

About April 17, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

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