What Happened in July 1939

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Ernst Heinkel demonstrates 800 kph (500 mph) rocket plane to Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes "luckiest man" speech

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 4 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
  • Jul 4 Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day
  • Jul 6 German Nazis close last Jewish enterprises

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 52nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Alice Marble beats Kay Stammers (62 60)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Jul 7 74th British Golf Open: Dick Burton shoots a 290 at St Andrews

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 59th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Jul 9 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • Jul 11 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jul 15 Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight
  • Jul 17 22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY
  • Jul 19 Dr Roy P Scholz is 1st surgeon to use fiberglass sutures
  • Jul 22 Jane Bolin becomes the 1st African American female judge (NY)
  • Jul 25 5th & last Dutch government of Colijn, forms
  • Jul 25 NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
  • Jul 26 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Jul 28 5th Dutch government of Colijn falls
  • Jul 30 33rd Tour de France won by Sylvere Maes of Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Charles Hatcher, (Rep-D-GA, 1981- )
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
  • Jul 1 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 2 John H Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91)
  • Jul 2 M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, US, sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
  • Jul 2 Michael N Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware)
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations-My Girl)
  • Jul 2 Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jul 2 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
  • Jul 3 Jay Tarses, Balt Md, actor/writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory)
  • Jul 4 Ed Bernard, actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 5 Booker Edgerson, American football player
  • Jul 6 Helena Dupont, US, equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964)
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 6 Man Mohan Sood, cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India)
  • Jul 6 Mary Peters, England, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jul 7 Laurie Silvers, horse trainer
  • Jul 10 Lawrence Pressman, Ky, actor (Man From Atlantis, Hellstrom Chronicle)
  • Jul 10 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator (d. 1999)
  • Jul 11 Larry Laoretti, Mahopac NJ, PGA golfer (US Seniors Open 1992)
  • Jul 11 Seth Gaaikema, Dutch night club performer
  • Jul 12 Phillip Adams, Australian broadcaster and journalist
  • Jul 14 Karel Gott, Czech singer
  • Jul 14 Sid Haig, American actor
  • Jul 14 George E. Slusser, American scholar and writer
  • Jul 15 Haseeb Ahsan, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (12 Tests 1958-62)
  • Jul 15 Patrick Wayne, actor (Rounder, Shirley, Beyond Atlantis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 15 Ronald Hadfield, chief constable (West Midlands England)
  • Jul 15 William David Hellerman, composer
  • Jul 16 Corin Redgrave, actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London, England
  • Jul 16 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer
  • Jul 16 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster, born in Doncaster, West Riding
  • Jul 16 William Bell, [Yarborough], US singer (Tryin' to Love Two)
  • Jul 16 Mariele Ventre, Italian choir director (d. 1995)
  • Jul 17 Spencer Davis, Wales, vocalist (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)
  • Jul 17 Warwick Hutton, artist
  • Jul 17 Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran (1989- ) and Muslim cleric, born in Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran
  • Jul 17 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician
  • Jul 18 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Dion DiMucci, rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 18 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (d. 2007)
  • Jul 18 Jerry Moore, American football coach
  • Jul 20 Judy Chicago [Judith Cohen], American artist (Dinner Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 21 John Negroponte, 1st United States Director of National Intelligence
  • Jul 22 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress
  • Jul 24 Barry [Norman] Malzberg, sci-fi author (Revelations, Beyond Apollo)
  • Jul 24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 24 Walter Bellamy, New Bern NC, NBA center (Knicks/Olympic-gold-1960), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 25 Richard Akre Trythall, composer
  • Jul 26 J W Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
  • Jul 26 Wopko Jensma, Middelburg, Eastern Province, South African poet and graphic designer
  • Jul 27 Irv Cross, NFL sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • Jul 27 James McGee, pathologist/professor (Morbid Anatomy at Oxford)
  • Jul 27 James Victor, Puerto Rico, actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA)
  • Jul 28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • Jul 29 Annea Lockwood, composer
  • Jul 30 Eleanor Smeal, leader (National Organization for Women)
  • Jul 30 Peter Bogdanovich, director/producer (Last Picture Show), born in Kingston, New York
  • Jul 31 France Nuyen, Marseilles France, actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head)
  • Jul 31 John R West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Jul 31 Roger Prideaux, cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69)

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 2 Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
  • Jul 2 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
  • Jul 7 James Deacon White, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi), dies at 91
  • Jul 8 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter, decorative artist (b. 1860)
  • Jul 15 Johon Mellanby, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 15 Percy Scott Worthington, architect, dies
  • Jul 16 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • Jul 18 Witold Maliszewski, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 19 Tom Hayward, cricketer (35 Tests for England, 1999 runs), dies
  • Jul 19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (b. 1850)
  • Jul 20 Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • Jul 28 William J Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder Mayo Clinic, dies at 78