Saturday 24 August 1940
It was Saturday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Don Cormier Sr and Tony Secunda.
Boom Town, directed by Jack Conway, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
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- Liberia: Flag Day
- RC Saints - Feast day of Saint Bartholomew
- Roman festivals - first of the 3 days on which the mundus was opened
- Ukraine: National Holiday, independence from Russia (1991)
- Sierra Leone: President's Birthday
- Don Cormier Sr: Horse trainer.
- Tony Secunda: Rock band manager.
- Francine Lalonde: Canadian educator and politician (d. 2014).
- Madsen Pirie: English author and educator.
- Paul G Nipkow: German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80.
- Luftwaffe bombs London
- Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits and 1 run
- Howard Florey and a team including Ernst Chain and Norman Heatley at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, publish their laboratory results showing the ''in vivo'' bactericidal action of penicillin. They have also purified the drug.
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