Friday 15 November 1940
It was Friday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Sam Waterston in Cambridge and Michel De Bonnecorse.
The Letter, directed by William Wyler, 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.
On TV people were watching Gabby.
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- Austria - Saint Leopold's day -- no school in Vienna, Lower Austria and Upper Austria
- USA - America Recycles Day
- Norway - The official skolebr�d-day on Sunnland skole
- Roman festivals - Festival in honor of Feronia (others say 13 November)
- Brazil - Republic Proclamation Day (1889)
- R.C. Saints - Albert the Great
- Palestine - Independence Day (declared 1988)
- Eastern Orthodoxy - Feast of Saint Philip the Apostle and the beginning of Winter Lent; also see November 15 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- Sam Waterston in Cambridge: Massachusetts, USA; actor (Law and Order, Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate).
- Michel De Bonnecorse: French senior official and diplomat.
- Maurice Depalmas: French jockey, winner of the Arc de Triomphe in 1962 riding Soltikoff.
- Tony Mendez: American CIA technical operations officer, now retired, who specialized in support of clandestine and covert CIA operations.
- Carl Thorne: American petroleum engineer and CEO of Energy Services, a hodgepodge of oil services and equipment.
- Sam Waterston: American actor of stage, television and film, onscreen since 1967, who made his reputation in the early ‘70s with sensitive performances in such films as "The Great Gatsby," 1974, "Rancho DeLuxe," 1975, "Heaven’s Gate," 1979 and "The Killing Fields," 1984, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He also appeared in numerous Broadway performances such as "Gore Vidal’s Lincoln," 1988, and "Terrorist on Trial," 1988. Tall and lean, he is noted as an intelligent, introspective leading man on stage
- Wolfgang Zimmerer: German bobsledder from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. Participating in two Winter Olympics as a member of the West German team, he won a total of four medals, with one gold (Two-man: 1972), one silver (Two-man: 1976), and two bronzes (Four-man: 1972, 1976).
- Roberto Cavalli: Italian fashion designer
- Ulf Pilgaard: Danish actor and screenwriter
- Hank Wangford: English singer-songwriter guitarist and physician
- 1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
- 1st black to sign hockey contract-Arthur Dorrington and AC Seagulls
- New York Midtown tunnel linking Manhattan and Queens opens to traffic
- First 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime in US.
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