Events occurring on Tuesday, May 7, 1940  
  Events in the United Kingdom  
  Debate opened in British parliament on the conduct of the war and especially of the Norwegian campaign. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was ridiculed by opposition parties taunting him with his statement that Hitler had “missed the bus” in Norway. He was also denounced by Conservative MPs. Former Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, in full uniform and 6 rows of medals, detailed the government’s mishandling of military events in Norway. Backbencher Leo Amery roused the House with a stunning critique and quoted Oliver Cromwell: “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”  
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered U.S. Pacific Fleet to remain in Hawaiian waters indefinitely. Rear Admiral James O. Richardson was ordered to issue a press release saying that he had asked to keep the fleet in Hawaii. The U.S. Pacific Fleet was scheduled to return to its West Coast bases on May 9, 1940. This action was made in an attempt to deter Japanese aggression.  
  The Royal Air Force  
  A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber of RAF Coastal Command dropped the first 2,000lb bomb during an attack on a German cruiser of the Nuremberg class which had been reported between the German isles of Norderney and Juist.  
  May 1940 Calendar  
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