On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1940

Historical Events

  • British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2003)
  • Karolyn Grimes, American actress (It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife), born in Hollywood, California

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Actress Gertrude Lawrence (42) weds theater owner Richard Aldrich

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

1940 Highlights

About July 4, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 4 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer