On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1940

Historical Events

  • 45 German aircraft shot down over England

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHenri Desgrange

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

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange

1940 Highlights

About August 16, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 3 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo