What Happened in November 1939

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 First animal conceived by artificial insemination (rabbit) displayed
  • Nov 1 First jet plane, Heinkel He 178, demonstrated to German Air Ministry
  • Nov 1 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sertum laetitiae
  • Nov 3 Clare Booth's "Margin for Error" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 4 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
  • Nov 4 First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 4 US allows "cash & carry" arms sales during WW II
  • Nov 6 WGY-TV (Schenectady, NY), 1st commercial TV station, begins service
  • Nov 6 WRGB TV channel 6 in Schenectady-Alby-Troy, NY (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 6 World War II: 'Sonderaktion Krakau' - a Nazi operation against academics, with 184 professors arrested in Krakow and deported

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Nov 8 Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 8 H Lindsay & R Crouse' "Life with Father" premieres in NYC

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Nov 9 "Ninotchka" with Greta Garbo premieres

Actress Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
  • Nov 9 Nobel for physics awarded to Ernest O Lawrence (cyclotron)
  • Nov 9 Venlo-incident: German Abwehr kills 2 British agents

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Nov 11 Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Nov 12 Jews in Lodz Poland ordered to wear yellow star of David
  • Nov 14 Oil refinery fire kills 500 & destroys Lagunillas, Venezuela
  • Nov 15 Anti-German demonstrations in Czechoslovakia

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Nov 15 FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Nov 15 Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews
  • Nov 15 US Social Security Administration approves 1st unemployment check

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Nov 16 Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Nov 16 German U-boat torpedoes tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland
  • Nov 17 German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
  • Nov 17 Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 17 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
  • Nov 18 Neth KNSM passenger ship Simon Bolivar hits German mine, 86 die
  • Nov 18 The Irish Republican Army explodes three bombs in Piccadilly Circus
  • Nov 19 Don Lash wins 6th straight AAU cross-country 10K championship

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Nov 22 Bugsy Siegel, Whitey Krakower, Frankie Carbo and Albert Tannenbaum kill Harry "Big Greenie" Greenberg outside his apartment after Greenberg had threatened to become a police informant

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Bugsy Siegel
  • Nov 23 Nazi Gov of Poland Hans Frank requires Jews to wear a blue star
  • Nov 26 4 soviet soldiers killed on Finnish-Russian border
  • Nov 27 Maxwell Anderson's "Key Largo" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 28 Hans Frank, Nazi Governor-General of Poland, organizes Judenrat
  • Nov 28 Soviet government revokes Russian-Finnish non-aggression treaty
  • Nov 29 Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
  • Nov 29 USSR drops diplomatic relations with Finland
  • Nov 30 21 U boats sunk this month (52,000 ton)
  • Nov 30 Paul Osborn's "Mornings at 7" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 30 USSR invades Finland, bombs Helsinki

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Barbara Bosson, Belle Vernon Pa, actress (Fay-Hill St Blues, Hooperman)
  • Nov 2 Howard Wolpe, (Rep-D-MI, 1979- )
  • Nov 2 Pauline Neville-Jones, English diplomat
  • Nov 2 Richard Serra, American sculptor and video artist
  • Nov 3 Terrence McNally, playwright (Bad Habits), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Nov 5 Ken Walter, South African cricket pace bowler (1961-62 series v NZ)
  • Nov 6 Leonardo Quisumbing, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • Nov 7 Daniel Manneke, composer
  • Nov 9 Paul Cameron, American psychologist
  • Nov 10 Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, rocker
  • Nov 10 Russell Means, Native American activist, (d. 2012)
  • Nov 11 Claudia Boyarskikh, USSR, 5K/10K cross country (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Nov 11 Denise Alexander, American actress (Mary McKinnon-Another World, Lesley Webber-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 12 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Nov 12 Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • Nov 13 Karel Br├╝ckner, Czech football manager
  • Nov 13 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 14 Wendy (Walter) Carlos, Pawtucket RI, composer (Switched on Bach)
  • Nov 15 Yaphet Kotto, African-American actor (Alien, Homicide: Life on the Street), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 15 Erik Hansen, Denmark, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Nov 15 Thalmus Rasulala, [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 17 Auberon Waugh, British author (d. 2001)
  • Nov 18 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 18 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate

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Nov 18 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Nov 18 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • Nov 19 Garrick Utley, newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 19 Thomas Harkin, (Sen-D-Iowa, 1985- )
  • Nov 19 Warren "Pete" Moore, US singer (Miracles-Tears of a Clown), Detroit MI
  • Nov 20 Dick Smothers, comedian (Smother Brothers' Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 21 Rick Lenz, Springfield Ill, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John)
  • Nov 21 Budd Dwyer, American politician (d. 1987)
  • Nov 22 Allen Garfield, actor (Candidate, Beverly Hills Cop II), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 22 Tom West, American astrophysicist
  • Nov 22 Mulayam Singh Yadav, Indian politician (Samajwadi Party), born in Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh
  • Nov 23 Betty Everett, US singer (Getting Mighty Crowded)
  • Nov 24 Jim Northrup, baseball player
  • Nov 24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Nov 24 Yoshinobu Miyake, Japan, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)
  • Nov 25 Martin Feldstein, economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • Nov 25 Rosanna Schiaffino, Genoa Italy, actress (Minotaur, Mazzabubu)

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Nov 26 Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner
  • Nov 26 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician
  • Nov 27 Dave Giusti, American baseball player
  • Nov 28 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • Nov 29 Gennadiy Volnov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Nov 29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], musician and producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 29 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • Nov 29 Domenico Monardo, American record producer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 4 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (22) weds inspector Sherwood Diller in Covington, Kentucky

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 3 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • Nov 4 Charles Arnold Tournemire, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 6 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr
  • Nov 11 Jan Opletal, Czech student, victim of Nazi violence in Prague
  • Nov 12 (Ernest YY) Oscar Tourniaire, actor (Bluejackets), dies at 59
  • Nov 12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor and humanitarian (b. 1890)
  • Nov 13 George Nicholls Jr, actor (Finishing School), dies at 42
  • Nov 16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • Nov 20 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 25 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67

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Nov 28 James Naismith, creator of basketball, dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Nov 29 Philipp Scheidemann, German MP (SPD)/mayor of Kassel, dies at 74