On This Day

What Happened on December 26, 1940

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Release

"The Philadelphia Story" film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)

  • 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • JA Fields/J Chodorov's "My Sister Eileen," premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
1940 Highlights

About December 26, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 10 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Capricorn