On This Day

What Happened on December 30, 1940

Historical Events

  • California's 1st freeway, (Arroyo Seco Parkway), opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • James Burrows, AmericanTV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Cheers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)

Famous Deaths

  • Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79
1940 Highlights

About December 30, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 11 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

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