On This Day

What Happened on July 3, 1940

Churchill’s Deadly Attack On His Ally

Historical Events

  • ARP-leader and Dutch ex-premier Colijn argues cooperation with Germany
  • British Royal Navy damages the French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it
  • German occupiers forbid using Dutch royal names

Famous Birthdays

  • César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1994)
  • Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter ("Rescue Me"), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Jerry "The Geator" Blavat, American disc jockey and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Lamar Alexander, American politician (U.S. Senator from Tennessee), born in Maryville, Tennessee
  • Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Monterey Park, California

Famous Deaths

  • George Shepstone, South African cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
1940 Highlights

About July 3, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer