On This Day

What Happened on June 4, 1940

Article: Dunkirk: Military Retreat They Called a Miracle

Historical Events

  • 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
  • British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Winston Churchill's speech "We shall fight on the seas and oceans"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Famous Birthdays

  • Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer, born in New Castle, Delaware
  • Gerrit Terpstra, Dutch economist and 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Buitenpost, Netherlands
  • Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Linz, born in Most pri Bratislave, Slovakia

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

1940 Highlights

About June 4, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 5 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini