On This Day

What Happened on June 21, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
  • The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Birthdays

  • Mariette Hartley, American actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • Michael Ruse, British-Canadian philosopher of science (the relationship between science and religion, the creation–evolution controversy), born in Birmingham, England

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Famous Deaths

  • Édouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, dies at 71
  • Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • Smedley Butler, American Marine general, dies at 58
  • W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49