May 10, 1940 in History

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in History

  • British Local Defence Volunteers forms (later renamed the Home Guard)
  • Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
  • Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
  • French marines stationed on Aruba
  • French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
  • Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.

Birthdays in History

  • Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)

Deaths in History

  • Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56