On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1940

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Adolf Hitler orders a total blockade of Great Britain

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

AgreementAgreement of Interest

FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Famous Birthdays

  • David Price, American politician, (Rep-D-North Carolina 1987-95, 1997-), born in Erwin, Tennessee
  • Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)

Famous Deaths

  • Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
1940 Highlights

About August 17, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo