On This Day

What Happened on May 10, 1940

Historical Events

  • Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France
  • World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent

Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter (Lonely Just Like Me), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • Taurean Blacque, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You) (d. 2015)

Famous Deaths

  • Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
1940 Highlights

About May 10, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 3 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus