Thursday 1 February 1940
It was Thursday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Jean-Marie Périer and Bibi Besch.
Swiss Family Robinson, directed by Edward Ludwig, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
while Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther was one of the best selling books.
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- St. Brigid of Kildare - one of the three patron saints of Ireland, the others being St. Patrick and St. Columcille.
- In Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the fictional character Willy Wonka gives an unprecedented tour of his chocolate factory on February 1 (year unspecified).
- Blessed Reginald of Sint-Gillis
- The start of LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom.
- The start of Black History Month in the United States.
- Imbolc - the first day of Spring in Ireland (Irish Calendar), one of the eight solar holidays in the Wheel of the Year.
- St. Veridiana
- Jean-Marie Périer
- Bibi Besch: Vienna, Austria -- Actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within).
- Herve Filion: sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame).
- Philip Francis Nowlan: science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (Born 1888).
- Russia begins new offensive against Finland.
- WWII: Winter War ampndash Russian forces launch a major assault on Finnish troops occupying the Karelian Isthmus.
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