On This Day

What Happened on May 14, 1940

Historical Events

  • Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England
  • Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
  • British Local Defence Volunteers forms, an armed citizen militia designed to support the British Army during the Second World War. It is later renamed the Home Guard.
  • 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)

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
1940 Highlights

About May 14, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus