On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1940

Historical Events

  • French marines occupy St Maarten
  • German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
  • Nazi blitzkrieg and conquest of France begins with the crossing of the Muese River

Famous Birthdays

  • Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), born in New York City (d. 2008)
1940 Highlights

About May 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus