What Happened on January 5, 1940

Historical Events

  • FCC hears the 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia

Famous Birthdays

  • Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • Michael Rose, British army officer, born in British India
  • Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician, born in Novosibirsk, Russia

Famous Deaths

  • Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • Tina Modotti, Italian artist and activist, dies at 45
1940 Highlights

About January 5, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 83 years and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

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