On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1940

Historical Events

  • 1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain

Historic Event

British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

Murder of Interest

Louis Buchalter is indicted on murder charges in Los Angeles for the killing of Harry Greenberg, a mob associate of casino owner Meyer Lansky and mobster Bugsy Siegel


Famous Birthdays

  • John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • Rubén Hinojosa, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Edcouch, Texas
1940 Highlights

About August 20, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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