On This Day

What Happened on June 14, 1940

Historical Events

Historic Event

Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs, later expanded to include civilian Jews and gypsies (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • German forces enter Paris during WWII
  • German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Dary John Mizelle, American composer, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Jack Bannon, American actor (Art in Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • William P. Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Oakland, California
1940 Highlights

About June 14, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 4 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

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