Friday 24 May 1940
It was Friday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
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- Aldersgate Day (Methodism).
- Canada: Victoria Day, on this date or the Monday before it. In Quebec, it is known as National Patriotes Day (JournTe nationale des patriotes). The holiday is often referred to as "May Two-Four," -- a "two-four" being slang for a case of beer with 24 bottles or cans.
- Bermuda: Bermuda Day.
- Eritrea: National Day.
- Macedonia: Saints Cyril and Methodius Day celebrated as Macedonian Script and Culture Day.
- Saints Donatianus and Rogatianus
- Saint Amadl
- Saint Suzanna
- Mary, Help of the Christians
- Saint Sarah is celebrated in Camargue, France by the Roma or Gypsies.
- Bulgaria: Saints Cyril and Methodius Day celebrated as Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Script Day.
- Joseph Brodsky: Russian-born poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996).
- 1st night game at St. Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
- Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
- Hitler affirms General von Rundstedts Stopbevel
- New York Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
- Dutch army demobilizes.
- German tanks reach Atrecht France.
- Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
- WWII: The Anglo-French Supreme War Council decides to withdraw all forces from Norway.
- WWII: The Dunkirk evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force starts.
- First free flight of Igor Sikorsky's Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter.
- WWII: King Leopold III of Belgium orders the Belgian forces to cease fighting. Leaders of the Belgian government on French territory declare Leopold deposed.
- Winston Churchill warns the House of Commons to ampquotprepare itself for hard and heavy tidings.ampquot
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