On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 1940

Historical Events

  • Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
  • Netherlands starts rationing textiles

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexander Yossifov, composer
  • Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • Michael Brunson, TV reporter/newscaster/actor (Never Say Die)
  • Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), born in Opelousas, Louisiana. (d. 2020)
  • Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Golfer Sam Snead
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Sam Snead

1940 Highlights

About August 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo