On This Day

What Happened on September 15, 1940

Historical Events

  • 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • Battle of Britain Day: climax of the Battle of Britain, tide begins to turn as the Royal Air Force repulses a major Luftwaffe attack, losing 29 aircraft to the Germans' 57-61
  • Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)

Victory in Battle

UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits Royal Air Force 11th Fighter Group on what would be the fiercest day of the Battle of Britain

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • Norman [Richard] Spinrad, American sci-fi author (Child of Fortune), born in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • Dick Ket, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 37
1940 Highlights

About September 15, 1940

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 1 month and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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