On This Day

What Happened on June 21, 1940

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

Richard Nixon

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

Famous Deaths

  • Édouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, dies at 71
  • Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet, writer and critic, drowns at 40
  • Smedley Butler, American Marine general, dies at 58
  • Walter Hasenclever, German Expressionist writer, dies at 49
1940 Highlights

About June 21, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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