- France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
- General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
- Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
- USSR occupies Estonia
- World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut
- Tony Marlow, MP (Conservative)