On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1940

Historical Events

  • French marines occupy St Maarten
  • German tanks conquer Moerdijk bridges, Netherlands
  • 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"; "Just My Imagination"; "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in New York City (d. 2008)
1940 Highlights

About May 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

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