What Happened in February 1939

Historical Events

  • Feb 4 Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort
  • Feb 6 Spanish government flees to France
  • Feb 9 Belgian Spaak government falls

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 10 "Stagecoach" western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, premieres in Miami

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film "Gone With the Wind"

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • Feb 15 German battleship Bismarck was launched
  • Feb 15 Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes" premieres in New York City
  • Feb 17 Katwijk soccer team forms
  • Feb 18 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
  • Feb 21 Belgian government of Pierlot forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Feb 23 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 23 11th Academy Awards: "You Can’t Take It With You", Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins

  • Feb 24 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • Feb 25 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
  • Feb 27 Belgian government of Pierlot falls
  • Feb 27 Borley Rectory, "the most haunted house in England", destroyed in a fire
  • Feb 27 France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
  • Feb 27 Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
  • Feb 28 Great Britain recognizes Franco regime in Spain
  • Feb 28 The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik is published.
  • Feb 28 The erroneous word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Del McCoury, bluegrass singer/musician
  • Feb 1 Paul E Gillmor, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • Feb 1 Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
  • Feb 2 Rachel English, author (My 1st 500), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist, father of electronics in Iran (d. 2000)
  • Feb 2 Dale T. Mortensen, Enterprise, Oregon, economist (Nobel, 2010), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 3 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), (d. 2016) possible date only
  • Feb 4 Jacques Charlier, Belgian sculptor
  • Feb 4 Stan Lundine, (Rep-D-NY, 1976-86)
  • Feb 5 Brian Luckhurst, cricketer (England opener of 60's & early 70's)
  • Feb 5 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Feb 5 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • Feb 6 Mike Farrell, American actor (BJ Honeycutt in M*A*S*H, Battered), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 8 Gerrit Lakmaaker, sculptor/painter (Leidsepleingroep)
  • Feb 8 José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
  • Feb 9 Barry Mann, R&B singer (Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp)
  • Feb 9 Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)
  • Feb 10 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 10 Roberta Flack, Black Mountain North Carolina, US vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face)
  • Feb 10 Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
  • Feb 11 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • Feb 11 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 11 Jane [Hyatt] Yolen, American sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
  • Feb 12 Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier)
  • Feb 12 John D Hancock, actor/director (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights)
  • Feb 13 Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • Feb 13 Beate Klarsfeld, German Nazi hunter
  • Feb 14 Chris Pyne, trombonist
  • Feb 14 Michael Rudman, English theater director/producer (Donkeys' Years)
  • Feb 15 Jo Clayton, American sci-fi author (Irsud, Maeve, Star Hunters)
  • Feb 15 Tony Bloom, deputy CEO (Sketchley)
  • Feb 15 Robert Hansen, American serial killer
  • Feb 16 David Griffiths, portrait painter
  • Feb 17 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress (Miss America-1959, Diff'rent Strokes), Biloxi Ms, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 John Leyton, British singer
  • Feb 18 Claude Ake, political scientist
  • Feb 18 Marlos Nobre, composer
  • Feb 18 Petronella CM "Carletta" Banning, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer)
  • Feb 18 Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • Feb 19 Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • Feb 20 Barbara Ellis, Olympia Wa, rocker (Fleetwoods)
  • Feb 20 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • Feb 20 Frank Arundel, English footballer
  • Feb 21 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • Feb 21 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • Feb 22 Steve Barber, pitcher (Balt Orioles, NY Yankees)
  • Feb 23 Edmund Boyd Fisher, publisher
  • Feb 23 Josef Feistmantl, Austrian lugeist (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 24 George Bain, principal (London Business School)
  • Feb 25 A C F Verity, master (Dulwich College)
  • Feb 25 Marisa Mell, Graz Austria, actress (Masquerade, Casanova '70)
  • Feb 26 Josephine Tewson, English actress
  • Feb 27 Antoinette Sibley, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • Feb 27 Kenzo Takada, Japanese director (Dream After Dream)
  • Feb 27 Lester King, cricketer (WI fast bowler, 2 Tests 1962-68, 9 wkts)
  • Feb 27 Peter Revson, auto racer (1971 Indianapolis pole winner)
  • Feb 28 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 28 John Fahey, singer (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death)
  • Feb 28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 4 Singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 4 Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • Feb 4 Henri W A Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Pius XI, [Ambrogio D A Ratti], Italian Pope (1922-39), dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 15 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
  • Feb 15 Henri Jaspar, Premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • Feb 16 Jura Soyfer, Jewish political and cabaret writer, dies at Buchenwald concentration camp at 26
  • Feb 17 Willy Hess, German violinist, dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Ludwig Bonvin, composer, dies at 89
  • Feb 22 Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (Campos de Castilla), dies at 63
  • Feb 27 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70