On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1940

Famous Birthdays

  • Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, Argentinian rheumatologist, born in Buenos Aires
  • Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware

Famous Deaths

  • Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 58

MurderLeon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Red Army, assassinated at 62 by an ice-pick wielding Ramón Mercader

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68
1940 Highlights

About August 21, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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