On This Day

What Happened on May 27, 1940

Historical Events

Victory in BattleMiracle of Dunkirk

British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII

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British troops await evacuation at Dunkirk
British troops await evacuation at Dunkirk
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  • World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops

Famous Birthdays

  • Rene Koering, composer
1940 Highlights

About May 27, 1940

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

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