On This Day

What Happened on May 13, 1940

Historical Events

  • British bomb factory at Breda, Netherlands
  • Dutch Queen Wilhelmina flees to England
  • German breakthrough at Grebbelinie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • Richard Brooks, singer (Impressions)
1940 Highlights

About May 13, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus