On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1940

Famous Birthdays

  • (Cathryn) "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama

Person of interestRicky Nelson

(Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American pop-Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d.1985)

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley

1940 Highlights

About May 8, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 4 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

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