On This Day

What Happened on August 13, 1940

Historical Events

Battle 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Ann Armstrong Dailey, American founder (Children's Hospice International), born in San Francisco, California
  • John Stokes, Irish pop bassist, harmonica player, and singer (The Bachelors - "Diane"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 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
1940 Highlights

About August 13, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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