On This Day

What Happened on March 26, 1940

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

"The Fifth Column", a play by Ernest Hemingway and adapted by Benjamin Glazer premieres in NYC courtesy of the Theater Guild

Famous Birthdays

  • Braulio Baeza, American jockey, 1st Latin American to win Kentucky Derby (National Horse Racing Hall of Fame), born in Panama City
  • James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, American politician (Rep-D-California 1987-), 1st female Speaker of the House (2007-11, 2019-), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), born in Fresno, California (d. 2007)
  • Servaes Huys, Dutch politician (PvdA)

Famous Deaths

  • Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67
1940 Highlights

About March 26, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 8 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

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