On This Day

What Happened on June 5, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • A synthetic rubber tire exhibited in Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • American Negro Theater organizes
  • Battle of France begins in WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • General Von Bock starts a German offensive in the Somme
  • Governor of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • Netherlands rations petroleum

Famous Birthdays

  • H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • Moira Anderson, Scotland, singer (Loch Lomond)