On This Day

What Happened on August 23, 1940

Historical Events

  • German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London

Historic Event

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands dismisses premier De Geer

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Richard Sanders, American actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas A. Steitz, American Biochemist (2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ribosome discoveries), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2018)
  • Tony Bill, American actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65), born in San Diego, California
  • Vicki Brown, British pop, rock session vocalist, and contemporary classical singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1991)
1940 Highlights

About August 23, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 2 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

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