On This Day

What Happened on May 14, 1940

Historical Events

  • Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 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? 81 years, 2 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus