Friday 16 August 1940
It was Friday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include John Craven and Alix Dobkin.
Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
while The Nazarene by Sholem Asch was one of the best selling books.
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- RC saints: feast day of Saint Stephen I of Hungary; Saint Roch (helps against plague and skin diseases)
- USA: legal holiday in Vermont for the Battle of Bennington in 1777 (which actually took place in the state of New York)
- Palio dell'Assunta in Siena
- Eastern Orthodox: commemoration of the translation of the Acheiropoietos icon which means "Not made by hands", (also known as the Mandelion; now lost) from Edessa to Constantinople on 16 August 944
- John Craven: English journalist and television presenter.
- Alix Dobkin: American lesbian folk singer-songwriter, who released a number of albums as well as a songbook and has toured the world.
- Bruce Beresford: Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies).
- 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
- World War II: The Communist Party is banned in German-occupied Norway.
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