1940 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 440

  • May 13 British bomb factory at Breda

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May 13 Winston Churchill says I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 13 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
  • May 13 German breakthrough at Grebbelinie
  • May 14 Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England
  • May 14 Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
  • May 14 German breakthrough at Sedan
  • May 14 Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
  • May 14 Nazis bomb Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrenders to Germany
  • May 15 German armoured division moves into Northern France
  • May 15 German troops occupy Amsterdam, Gen Winkelman surrenders
  • May 15 Nazis capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
  • May 15 USS Sailfish (SS-192) recomisioned, origionaly the Squalus.
  • May 15 McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
  • May 16 Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers
  • May 16 British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
  • May 17 Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France
  • May 17 Nazis bombs Middelburg/B IJzerdrat begins illegal defiance
  • May 18 German troops conquer Brussels
  • May 19 Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time)
  • May 19 French counter attack at Pronne under Gen De Gaulle
  • May 20 German General Guderian's tanks reach the English Channel (British expeditionary army)
  • May 20 Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
  • May 21 AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
  • May 21 Allied counter attack at Atrecht, northern France
  • May 21 Reynaud forms French government
  • May 22 Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
  • May 22 UK Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city
  • May 23 1st great dogfight between Spitfires and Luftwaffe
  • May 24 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
  • May 24 Dutch army demobilizes
  • May 24 German tanks reach Atrecht France

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May 24 Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 25 German troops conquer Boulogne
  • May 25 Golden Gate International Exposition reopens

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May 26 1st successful helicopter flight in US: Vought-Sikorsky US-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • May 27 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
  • May 27 World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.
  • May 28 Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
  • May 28 British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
  • May 29 Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of The Hague, Netherlands
  • May 29 In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France

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May 31 Major General Bernard Montgomery leaves Dunkirk

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • May 31 Winston Churchill flies to Paris to meet with French Marshal Philippe Pétain who announces he is willing to make a separate peace with Germany
  • Jun 1 Coffee & tea rationed in Holland
  • Jun 1 Major General Bernard Montgomery returns to London
  • Jun 1 Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard
  • Jun 2 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
  • Jun 3 Last British & French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • Jun 4 British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France
  • Jun 4 Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans"
  • Jun 5 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
  • Jun 5 American Negro Theater organizes
  • Jun 5 Battle of France begins in WW II
  • Jun 5 General Von Bock starts a German offensive in the Somme

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Jun 5 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 5 Gov of Suriname & Neth Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • Jun 5 Netherlands rations petroleum
  • Jun 7 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • Jun 8 Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
  • Jun 8 Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
  • Jun 9 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
  • Jun 9 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
  • Jun 10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • Jun 10 German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker
  • Jun 10 German 5th Armoured division occupies Rouen
  • Jun 10 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
  • Jun 10 Norway surrenders to Nazis
  • Jun 10 Canada declares war on Italy.
  • Jun 11 Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
  • Jun 11 British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
  • Jun 11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
  • Jun 11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
  • Jun 13 Paris evacuates before German advance
  • Jun 14 German forces enter Paris during WWII
  • Jun 14 Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)
  • Jun 14 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
  • Jun 15 38 Italian Fiat bombers bomb Luc-en-Province
  • Jun 15 Bread & flour rationed in Holland
  • Jun 15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • Jun 15 Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
  • Jun 16 Communist government installed in Lithuania
  • Jun 16 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • Jun 17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • Jun 17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • Jun 17 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • Jun 17 USSR occupies Estonia
  • Jun 17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • Jun 18 German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs & chickens
  • Jun 18 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

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Jun 19 German 7th Armoured division under command of Rommel occupies Cherbourg

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

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Jun 19 Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Jun 21 German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
  • Jun 21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Jun 22 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • Jun 22 SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands
  • Jun 22 About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII
  • Jun 23 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
  • Jun 23 RAF bombs Schiphol, Netherlands
  • Jun 24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 261

  • May 8 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • May 10 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)
  • May 10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • May 10 Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • May 13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • May 14 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • May 14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • May 17 Alan Kay, American computer scientist
  • May 18 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • May 19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • May 20 Sadaharu Oh, of Yomiuri Giants (Japan), hit 868 career HR
  • May 24 Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • May 26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • May 28 Betty Shabazz, educator/talk show hostess/widow (Malcolm X)
  • May 28 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • May 28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Dalkey, Ireland, novelist (Light a Penny Candle), (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
  • May 31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • May 31 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
  • Jun 1 Kip Thorne, American physicist
  • Jun 2 Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Jun 4 Gerrit H Terpstra, economist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • Jun 4 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • Jun 14 Bill Baker, (Rep-R-California)
  • Jun 16 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Jun 16 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • Jun 17 Tony Marlow, MP (Conservative)

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Jun 17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
Economist
George Akerlof
  • Jun 18 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jun 20 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • Jun 21 Michael Ruse, Canadian philosopher
  • Jun 23 Alexander Irvine, Lord Chanceller of UK (1997- )
  • Jun 24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • Jun 25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker, economist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Jun 28 Roderick Wright, ex-Scottish bishop (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Louise S Groenman, Dutch MP (D66)
  • Jul 1 Kenneth Clarke, British minister
  • Jul 3 Heather Steel, British judge
  • Jul 3 Lamar Alexander, American politician
  • Jul 4 Joost P van Iersel, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jul 5 Karen Shepherd, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • Jul 5 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer
  • Jul 6 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
  • Jul 7 Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
  • Jul 10 Dawid J "Dawie" de Villiers, South African minister of energy (1989- )
  • Jul 10 Tom Farmer, Scottish entrepreneur
  • Jul 11 Terry Patchett, politician
  • Jul 11 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician
  • Jul 13 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Jul 14 Susan Howatch, English author
  • Jul 20 Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ (AL Rookie of Year 1964)
  • Jul 21 James E Clyburn, (Rep-D-South Carolina)

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Jul 22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Jul 22 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • Jul 24 Carroll A Campbell Jr, (Rep-R-SC, 1979-86)
  • Jul 24 Stanley Hauerwas, American theologian
  • Jul 26 Brian Mawhinney, chairman (British Conservative Party)
  • Jul 26 Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy's car passenger
  • Jul 30 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum)
  • Jul 30 Patricia Schroeder, (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973- )
  • Jul 30 Pat Schroeder, American politician
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jaffe, producer (Fatal Attraction)
  • Aug 3 John W Carlin, (Gov-D-KS)
  • Aug 4 Karel Vachek, director (Moravska Hellas, Elective Affinities)
  • Aug 4 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia
  • Aug 6 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • Aug 7 Tom Barlow, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
  • Aug 7 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France, (d. 2014)
  • Aug 10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Aug 10 Richard Wells, Chief Constable (South Yorkshire)
  • Aug 10 Sid Waddell, Darts Commentator for the PDC
  • Aug 13 Ann Armstrong Dailey, founder (Children's Hospice Intl)
  • Aug 13 Timothy Wood, British government asst whip
  • Aug 15 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist
  • Aug 16 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • Aug 17 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • Aug 20 Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • Aug 21 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, physician, rheumatologist
  • Aug 22 Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre, English publisher/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 22 John Banham, director-general (CBI)
  • Aug 24 Francine Lalonde, Quebec politician
  • Aug 27 David Hart, gen-sect (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Aug 28 William Cohen, US Secretary of Defense (1997-2001), (Sen-R Maine, 1979-97), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Aug 28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist
  • Aug 29 James Brady, press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt)
  • Sep 3 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • Sep 7 Dario Argento, director (Creepers, Deep Red, Tenebrae)
  • Sep 8 Quentin L. Cook, LDS apostle
  • Sep 10 Yevgeni Nikolayevich Khludeyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Sep 11 Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General
  • Sep 11 Robert Palmer, last CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Sep 12 Roger K Crouch, Jamestown Tenn, astronauts (STS 83, 94)
  • Sep 12 Stephen J Solarz, (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93)
  • Sep 13 Óscar Arias, Costa Rican politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Sep 14 Leo H Ferrier, Suriname writer (Atman)
  • Sep 15 Norman [Richard] Spinrad, US, sci-fi author (Child of Fortune)
  • Sep 17 Jan Eliasson, Swedish diplomat
  • Sep 20 Joseph J DioGuardi, (Rep-R-NY, 1985- )

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