On This Day

What Happened on November 5, 1940

Historical Events

  • Dutch submarine departs Dundee

Election of Interest

Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie

Sports History

Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)


Famous Birthdays

  • Elke Sommer [Elke Schletz], German actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar), born in Berlin, Germany

Famous Weddings

Ernest Hemingway

American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn

1940 Highlights

About November 5, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

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