On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1940

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestRicky Nelson

Ricky Nelson [Rick Nelson], American 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

1940 Highlights

About May 8, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 4 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus