On This Day

What Happened on August 18, 1940

Day of the Week: Sunday

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 founder of car company Chrysler, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler