On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1940

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) recommissioned, originally the Squalus

Famous Birthdays

  • Álvaro Mejía, Colombian athlete (Boston Marathon 1971 2:18:45), born in Medellín, Colombia (d. 2021)
  • Paul Ryan Rudd, American stage and screen actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2010)
  • 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
1940 Highlights

About May 15, 1940

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 4 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus