On This Day

What Happened on August 7, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • Churchill recognizes De Gaulle's French government in exile
  • Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France (d. 2014)
  • Marlyn Mason, American actress (Making It, Peyton Place), born in San Fernando, California
  • Tom Barlow, American politician (Rep-D-Kentucky), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)