On This Day

What Happened on June 2, 1940

Historical Events

Miracle of Dunkirk

Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach

Famous Birthdays

  • Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jim Maloney, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1965; pitched 2 x no-hitters 1965, 1 in 1969; Cincinnati Reds), born in Fresno, California
  • Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2019)

Famous Deaths

  • Willem Roelofs, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 66
1940 Highlights

About June 2, 1940

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 2 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

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