What Happened on August 31, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 1st edition of illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap rationing
  • RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe's 41
  • US National Guard assembles

Famous Birthdays

  • Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Famous Weddings


Person of interestPerson of Interest

"Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi

Famous Deaths

  • George Gauthier, Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, dies at 68
  • Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58