On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1940

Historical Events

  • 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Adolf Hitler affirms General von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dutch army demobilizes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • German tanks reach Atrecht, France
  • NY Giants swat Boston Bees, 8-1, in 1st night game at Polo Grounds, NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1996)
1940 Highlights

About May 24, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

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