On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • German armoured division moves into Northern France
  • German troops occupy Amsterdam, General Winkelman surrenders
  • Nazis capture General Dutch Persbureau (ANP)
  • Richard and Maurice McDonald open the 1st McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California
  • USS Sailfish (SS-192) recomisioned, origionaly the Squalus.

Famous Birthdays

  • Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur's Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)

Famous Deaths

  • Joseph Limburg, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 73
  • Willem Adriaan Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63