On This Day

What Happened on May 3, 1940

Famous Birthdays

  • Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager, born in Beek, Netherlands
  • Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • David Koch, American businessman and philanthropist (Koch Industries billionaire), born in Wichita, Kansas

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHenry Ossian Flipper

Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper

1940 Highlights

About May 3, 1940

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 3 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus