On This Day

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

  • C├ęsar 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)
  • 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, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies