On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1940

Historical Events

  • 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13

Famous Birthdays

  • Laszlo Sary, Hungarian composer, born in Győrasszonyfa
  • Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Richard Henry Orton, composer

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson

Famous Deaths

  • Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer & essayist, dies at 74
1940 Highlights

About January 1, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 10 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn