On This Day

What Happened on June 18, 1940

Historical Events

Film & TV History

General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers

  • German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs and chickens

Victory in Battle

Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
1940 Highlights

About June 18, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

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