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"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)

Person of interestMario Andretti

Mario Andretti, Italian American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1969; F1 World Champion 1978), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Famous Deaths

  • Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81
1940 Highlights

About February 28, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces