On This Day

What Happened on August 18, 1940

Historical Events

  • Battle of Britain: The air battle known as "The Hardest Day" occurs; Luftwaffe lose approximately 69 aircraft and the RAF lose 68 in one of the largest ever air battles

Famous Birthdays

  • Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWalter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler

1940 Highlights

About August 18, 1940

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 3 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo