Friday July 19, 1940

US date format: 7/19/1940, UK date format: 19/7/1940

It was Friday, under the sign of Cancer (see birth chart on July 19, 1940). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Winston Churchill (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Dennis Cole and Terry Jennings (composer). Pride and Prejudice, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 19, 1940?


  • According to sitcom Father Ted, previous events that occurred on July 19 included Galway being liberated by the Indians, Marathon was renamed Snickers and the Ice Age ended.
  • St. Symmachus
  • St. Machrina
  • St. Arsenius
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  • Hitler orders Great Britain to surrenders
  • Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald
  • World War II: Battle of Cape Spada : The Royal Navy and the Regia Marina clash; the Italian light cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni sinks, with 121 casualties.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver

Country: United States of America

They Drive by Night

They Drive by Night

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino

Country: United States of America

Blondie Has Servant Trouble

Blondie Has Servant Trouble

Directed by: Frank R. Strayer

Starring: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

When the Daltons Rode

When the Daltons Rode

Directed by: George Marshall

Starring: Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Brian Donlevy, George Bancroft

Boys of the City

Boys of the City

Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

Starring: Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Hal E. Chester, Frankie Burke

Days to next July 19

If July 19, 1940 is your birthday you're 80 years, 27 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 11 months, 4 days.

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