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
  • Ruly Carpenter, American baseball executive (principal owner and president Philadelphia Phillies 1972-81), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Harold Wilson

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

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? 81 years, 10 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

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