On This Day

What Happened on June 17, 1940

Historical Events

  • France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • USSR occupies Estonia
  • World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina

Person of interestGeorge Akerlof

George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
George Akerlof
  • Tony Marlow, British Conservative Party politician, born in Greenwich, London

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Harden, English biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 74
1940 Highlights

About June 17, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 5 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini