On This Day

What Happened on December 21, 1940

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Hot Rats), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), born in Budapest, Hungary (2020)
  • Paul [Ray Hildebrand], American singer (Paul & Paula), born in Joshua, Texas
  • Tony Rivers [Thompson], British pop singer and vocal arranger (Harmony Grass; Cliff Richard), born in Shildon, England

Famous Deaths

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, dies as a result of a car accident at 36
1940 Highlights

About December 21, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 10 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

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