On This Day

What Happened on March 27, 1940

Historical Events

Election of Interest

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

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 Glamorous), born in Essex, England

Famous Deaths

Michael 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

1940 Highlights

About March 27, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 1 month and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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