What Happened on July 20, 1940

Historical Events

#1 in the Charts

Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart - "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey, with vocal by Frank Sinatra is #1

  • Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
  • Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
1940 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • Tony Oliva, Cuban Baseball HOF right fielder (World Series 1987, 91 Minnesota Twins; 8 x MLB All Star; AL Rookie of Year 1964), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
Born in 1940

Famous Deaths

  • Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide

About July 20, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 8 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer