On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1940

Historical Events


Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
  • Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist

Famous Birthdays

  • 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? 80 years, 4 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer