On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1940

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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? 81 years, 2 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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