On This Day

What Happened on January 12, 1940

Historical Events

  • World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
1940 Highlights

About January 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 8 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

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