On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1940

Historical Events

  • 45 German aircraft shot down over England

Historic Event

Pioneering 'Blood for Britain' program sending blood plasma for WWII wounded from the US, headed by Charles R. Drew, officially begins in Britain

Famous Birthdays

  • Alix Dobkin, American folk and feminist singer-songwriter (Lavender Jane Loves Women), born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)

Famous Deaths

Henri Desgrange

Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

1940 Highlights

About August 16, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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