On This Day

What Happened on June 4, 1940

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)

Miracle of Dunkirk

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

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer (Songs from the Dark Tower; Dirge and Deliverance), 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

Paul Harvey

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

1940 Highlights

About June 4, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

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