What Happened on June 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Sport awardTennis Open

44th Men's French Championships: Don McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (7-5, 6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dickey Do, [Gerry Granahan], rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's)
  • Donald Anderson, MP (Labour)
  • Hanna Johansen, writer

Famous Deaths

  • Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France