On This Day

What Happened on July 15, 1940

Historical Events

  • Nazi occupiers seize library of IISG Amsterdam
  • Physicist Donald Kerst becomes the first person to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction, reaching energies of 2.3 MeV, when his betatron device (for particle acceleration) becomes operational in Urbana, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (introduced the term schizophrenia to describe the disorder previously known as dementia praecox), dies at 82
  • Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
1940 Highlights

About July 15, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 80 years and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer