On This Day

June 4, 1940 in History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Article: Dunkirk: Military Retreat They Called a Miracle

Events in History

  • British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Winston Churchill's speech "We shall fight on the seas and oceans"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Birthdays in History

  • Gerrit Terpstra, Dutch economist and 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Buitenpost, Netherlands
  • Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Linz, born in Most pri Bratislave, Slovakia

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey