On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1940

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Adolf Hitler indefinitely postpones Operation Sealion, the planned German invasion of Great Britain

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nazis deprive Jews of possessions

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat (4th Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (Zorba the Greek), born in Limassol, Cyprus (d. 2007)
1940 Highlights

About September 17, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Virgo