What Happened on May 13, 1940

Historical Events

  • British bomb factory at Breda, Netherlands
  • German breakthrough at Grebbelinie

Historic Event

Winston Churchill says "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons


Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Chatwin, English travel writer and novelist (In Patagonia, On the Black Hill), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1989)
  • Richard Brooks, American soul singer (Impressions, 1958-62 - "Gypsy Woman"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1940 Highlights

About May 13, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 4 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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