On This Day

What Happened on May 14, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England
  • Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
  • German breakthrough at Sedan
  • Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
  • Nazis bomb Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrenders to Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Troy Shondell, American singer

Famous Deaths

  • Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), dies at 40
  • Emma Goldman, American anarchist and author (Living My Life), dies at 70
  • Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • Willem Johannes Leyds, Dutch-South Africa lawyer and diplomat (State Secretary of the South African Republic), dies at 81