What Happened on July 3, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • ARP-leader/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

  • Cesar Tovar, baseball player
  • Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Heather Steel, British judge
  • Lamar Alexander, American politician
  • Lance Larson, American 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic silver 1960)

Famous Deaths

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