Sunday 16 June 1940
It was Sunday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Hans Dorrestijn and Neil Goldschmidt.
The Mortal Storm, directed by Frank Borzage, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
while How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn was one of the best selling books.
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- South Africa - Youth Day.
- Roman Catholic Church - Feast of Saint John Regis, patron of medical social workers.
- Bloomsday, in honour of Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce's Ulysses set on 16 June, 1904.
- 16 June Movement
- Hans Dorrestijn: Dutch cabaret performer.
- Neil Goldschmidt: American politician, the Mayor of Portland, OR in 1973 and appointed the Secretary of Transportation by President Carter in late-1979.
- Māris Čaklais: Latvian poet writer and journalist (d. 2003).
- General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
- A Communist government is installed in Lithuania.
- World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Petain becomes Premier of Vichy France.
- The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held for the first time in Sturgis, South Dakota.
- The Soviet Army enters the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
- WWII: Operation Ariel begins: Allied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany's takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
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