On This Day

What Happened on February 28, 1940

Historical Events

  • 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
  • US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 African American (9.8%))

Famous Birthdays

  • Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

Person of interestMario Andretti

Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Famous Deaths

  • Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81
1940 Highlights

About February 28, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces