On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1940

Historical Events

  • 1st edition of Jewish Weekly newspaper in Amsterdam (under Nazis)
  • Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircraft damaged

Famous Birthdays

  • Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
1940 Highlights

About August 15, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 11 months and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo