On This Day

What Happened on April 9, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
  • Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway, and Denmark surrenders after a six-hour battle

Famous Birthdays

  • Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • Vasily Dmitriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Melovashka, Ukraine (d. 1973)

Famous Deaths

  • Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies