On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1940

Historical Events

#1 in the Charts

Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ (AL Rookie of Year 1964)

Famous Deaths

  • Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
1940 Highlights

About July 20, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 4 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

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