Saturday 16 March 1940
It was Saturday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Jan Schaefer and Jan P.
Primrose Path, directed by Gregory LaCava, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
while Stars on the Sea by F. van Wyck was one of the best selling books.
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- St. Urho's Day - the fictional patron saint of Finnish immigrants to the US, created by Richard Mattson in 1956
- Latvia - The controversial Latvia Legions are celebrated in Latvia, where about 140,000 men joined the Waffen SS National Legions during World War II, trying to defend Latvia. Since February 23, 2000, this day is no longer an official celebration day.
- Saint Heribert of Cologne (died 1021)
- Saint Eusebia (+680)
- Saint Benedicta (+1260)
- Saint Agapitus
- The first day of the Bacchanalia in ancient Rome
- Jan Schaefer: Dutch Assistant Secretary of State (PvdA).
- Jan P: Pronk; Dutch politician (PvdA).
- Jan Pronk: Dutch politician, economist, UN diplomat and professor.
- Bernardo Bertolucci: Italian director and screenwriter.
- Vagif Mustafazadeh: Azerbaijani pianist and composer (d. 1979).
- Keith Rowe: English guitarist (AMM and M.I.M.E.O.)
- Selma Lagerlof: Swedish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1858).
- First person killed in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, James Isbister.
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