What Happened on May 28, 1940

Historical Events

  • Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up
  • British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway

Music Premiere

Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase", satirizing Huey Long's political power, opens at The Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 444 performances

1940 History

Famous Birthdays

Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz (1940-1997)

American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, born in Pinehurst, Georgia

  • Hans Dulfer, Dutch funk and jazz-fusion tenor saxophonist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • Tom Petri, American politician (Rep-R-WI, 1979-2015), born in Marinette, Wisconsin
Born in 1940

Famous Deaths

  • Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), dies at 70
  • Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • Walter Connolly, American actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies from a stroke at 53

About May 28, 1940

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 83 years and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

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