On This Day

What Happened on October 16, 1940

Historical Events

  • Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is promoted to brigadier general, the first African-American person to become a general in the US military

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Warsaw Ghetto is formed by German Governor-General Hans Frank

Lawyer and Nazi War Criminal Hans Frank
Lawyer and Nazi War Criminal
Hans Frank
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Mordecai Anielewicz
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Mordecai Anielewicz

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Corbin, actor (Maurice-Northern Exposure)
  • Célio Taveira, Brazilian soccer striker (3 caps; Vasco da Gama, Nacional, Corinthians), born in Santos, Brazil (d. 2020)

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere

1940 Highlights

About October 16, 1940

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

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra