Sunday 19 May 1940
It was Sunday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Frank Lorenzo and Jan Janssen.
Our Town, directed by Sam Wood, 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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- National Hug-Your-Cat Day
- NASCAR Day USA.(2006)
- Commemoration of Pontian Greeks Genocide in Greece.
- Commemoration of Atatnrk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey (1919).
- Theophilus of Corte
- Peter Celestine
- Feast day of the following saints in the Roman Catholic Church: Dunstan
- Frank Lorenzo: American entrepreneur who made millions buying airline companies and restructuring them, changing the face of the airline industry.
- Jan Janssen: Dutch cyclist racer (1962-73), he won the Tour de France 1968 only for a few seconds.
- Frank Lorenzo airline executive (Continental: Texas Air, Eastern).
- Don Johnson: American bowler.
- Mickey Newbury: American singer-songwriter (d. 2002).
- Diego Mazquiaran: Spanish matador (Born 1895).
- Amsterdam time becomes MET (Middle European Time).
- General Maxime Weygand replaces Maurice Gamelin as commander-in-chief of all French forces.
- WWII: German forces (2nd Panzer division), under General Rudolf Veiel, reach Noyelles on the English Channel.
- Holocaust: The Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German concentration camps, opens in occupied Poland near the town of Oświęcim. Between May 1940 and January 1945, around 1.1 million people will be killed here.
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