On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1940

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
  • Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

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

Vince Lombardi

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


Famous Deaths

  • George Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, dies at 68
  • Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
1940 Highlights

About August 31, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 2 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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