On This Day

What Happened on August 13, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


BattleBattle of Interest

Battle of Britain: Hermann Goering's "Adlertag" (Eagle Day) offensive happens, intending to destroy the Royal Air Force; 47-48 German aircraft shot down, the RAF loses 25 planes

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering

Famous Birthdays

  • Ann Armstrong Dailey, American founder (Children's Hospice International), born in San Francisco, California
  • Timothy Wood, British Conservative Party politician
  • Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2018)

Famous Deaths

  • George C. Pearce, American actor (The Shadow Sinister, British Agent, Valiant), dies at 75