On This Day

What Happened on March 16, 1940

Historical Events

  • German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

Famous Birthdays

  • Chuck Woolery, Ky, TV game show host (Love Connection)
  • Jan P. Pronk, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Jan Schaefer, Dutch asst secretary of state (PvdA)
  • Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM) and painter

Famous Deaths

Person of interestSelma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf

1940 Highlights

About March 16, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 4 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces