On This Day

What Happened on October 2, 1940

Historical Events

  • 17 German aircraft shot down over England
  • British Council receives Royal Charter
  • British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk

Famous Birthdays

  • Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2015)
  • Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • Patrick Sky [Lynch], American musician, folk singer, songwriter, record producer, and uilleann bagpiper (Songs That Made America Famous), born in College Park, Georgia (d. 2021)
1940 Highlights

About October 2, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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