On This Day

What Happened on February 27, 1940

Historical Events

  • Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Hunter, Australian actor, born in Ballarat, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Dame Barbara Kelly, Scottish civic activist & former CEO (Crichton Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council), born in Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
  • Howard Hesseman, American actor (Dr Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class), born in Salem, Oregon

Famous Deaths

  • Peter Behrens, German architect, dies at 71
1940 Highlights

About February 27, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 9 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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