What Happened on May 10, 1940

Historical Events

  • Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
  • 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"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993) [1] [2]
  • Bill Cash, British politician (C), born in London
  • Taurean Blacque [Herbert Middleton Jr], American stage and screen actor (Hill Street Blues - "Det. Neal Washington"), and adoption advocate, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2022)
  • Wayne A. Downing, retired United States Army general
  • Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Your Erroneous Zones; Universe Within You), born in Detroit, Michigan (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? 82 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

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