Saturday 20 July 1940
It was Saturday, under the sign of Cancer. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Tony Oliva baseball player and Gérard Guégan.
They Drive by Night, directed by Raoul Walsh, 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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- St. Jerome Aemiliani
- St. Rufina
- St. Flavian
- St. Justa
- St. Margaret of Antioch
- St. Sabinus
- St. Joseph of Barsabas
- Brazil - Friendship Day
- St. Ceslas
- Argentina - Dfa del Amigo (Friendship Day)
- Japan - Marine Day (Umi-no-hi, currently it falls on the third Monday in July.)
- Northern Cyprus - Peace and Freedom Day
- Colombia - Independence Day
- Feast day for at least seventeen saints in the Roman Catholic Church: Saint Aurelius
- St. Wulmar/Ulmar
- St. Severa1
- St. Barhadbesciabas
- St. Severa2
- St. Wilgefortis
- International chess day
- Tony Oliva baseball player: batting champion (American League Rookie of Year 1964).
- Gérard Guégan: French writer, book reviewer, editor, translator, journalist and film critic who writes under various pseudonyms including Stéphane Vincentanne, Yves Le Braz, Yann Cloarec, Freddie Lafargue, and Philippe Carella.
- Y G Van de Peat: Dutch Director of Employment, commits suicide.
- Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in the Netherlands
- Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed Director of Marxist
- Denmark leaves the League of Nations.
- U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Hatch Act of 1939, limiting political activity by Federal government employees.
- California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
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