Wednesday 8 May 1940
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Peter Benchley in New York City and Rick [Eric Hilliard] Nelson in Teaneck.
My Favorite Wife, directed by Garson Kanin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
while For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingwa was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the important events of 8 May 1940 ?
- Saints Wiro, Plechelmus and Otger
- Saint Macharius of Ghent (died 1012)
- Parents' Day in South Korea
- Iris feast of the Region of Brussels capital (in Belgium)
- VE Day
- World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
- Saint Ida of Nivelles
- Peter Benchley in New York City: New York, USA; novelist (Jaws, The Deep).
- Rick [Eric Hilliard] Nelson in Teaneck: New Jersey, USA; rock star ("Hello Mary Lou", "It's Late", "Garden Party") (dies 1985).
- Paolo Limiti: Italian lyricist, journalist, radio and television writer and presenter.
- Ricky Nelson: American singer and songwriter, one of the first teen idols, later named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Toni Tennille: American singer and half of the popular ‘70s singing duo "The Captain and Tennille" with husband Daryl Dragon.
- Rick Nelson: American singer/actor (Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at age 45 (born 1940).
- Peter Benchley: American author and screenwriter (d. 2006)
- James Blyth: Baron Blyth of Rowington English businessman and academic
- Irwin Cotler: Canadian lawyer and politician 47th Canadian Minister of Justice
- Emilio Delgado: American actor and singer
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