On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • FCC hears 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