What Happened on March 26, 1940

Historical Events

The Fifth Column

"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 (1940-2022)

American actor (Brian's Song; The Godfather; Rollerball; Misery; Elf), born in The Bronx, New York

Nancy Pelosi (83 years old)

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)
Born in 1940

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? 83 years and 6 months
Leap Year: Yes

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