On This Day

What Happened on March 27, 1940

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Peter Fraser becomes Prime Minister of New Zealand after the death of his predecessor Michael Joeseph Savage from cancer

New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser
New Zealand Prime Minister
Peter Fraser

Famous Birthdays

  • Austin Pendleton, American actor (Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again), born in Warren, Ohio
  • Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • June Wilkinson, English actress (Absolutely Glamarous), born in Essex, England

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMichael Joseph Savage

Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935-40), dies of colon cancer at 68

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage

1940 Highlights

About March 27, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 11 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries