What Happened in October 1939

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Churchill calls Soviets "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"
  • Oct 1 After a one-month Siege of Warsaw, hostile forces entered the city.
  • Oct 2 Birdbaths installed in Union Square, SF
  • Oct 3 Lemmer-Urk Dike closes
  • Oct 4 Last Polish troops surrender

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Oct 6 Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France & Britain

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Oct 6 Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem
  • Oct 6 Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.
  • Oct 8 Germany annexes Western Poland
  • Oct 8 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win

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Oct 11 Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Oct 11 Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again

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Oct 11 Gertrude Lawrence's "Skylark" premieres in NYC

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • Oct 11 NAACP organized Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Oct 14 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed
  • Oct 14 German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed
  • Oct 14 Sugar rationed in Netherlands
  • Oct 15 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
  • Oct 15 Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years
  • Oct 16 Sugar rationing begins in Netherlands

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 17 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

  • Oct 18 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC

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Oct 19 Hermann Goering begins plunder through Nazi's occupied areas

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Oct 20 "All the Things You Are" recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orch
  • Oct 20 Pope Pius XII publishes his 1st encyclical Summi pontificatus
  • Oct 22 1st TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodgers
  • Oct 24 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"

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Oct 24 Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Oct 24 Nazi require wearing of Star of David by Jews
  • Oct 24 Nylon stockings go on sale for first time (Wilmington, Delaware)

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Oct 25 George Kaufman/Moss Hart's "Man Who Came to Dinner" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • Oct 25 William Saroyan's "Time of Your Life" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service
  • Oct 28 Anti-German demonstrations/strikes in Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 28 Spitfire shoots German Heinkel-111 down above Scotland
  • Oct 29 Golden Gate International Exposition closes (1st closure)
  • Oct 29 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3
  • Oct 30 USSR & Germany agree on partitioning Poland, Hitler deports Jews

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Oct 30 German U boat fails on attack of English battleship Nelson with Winston Churchill, Dudley Pound & Charles Forbes aboard

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 31 27 U boats sunk this month (135,000 ton)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 George Archer, PGA golfer (1969 Masters Bing Crosby), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 1 Geoffrey Whitehead, English actor
  • Oct 2 B K Kunderan, cricketer (Indian keeper-batsman of 60's)
  • Oct 2 Yuri Nikolayevich Glazkov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24)
  • Oct 4 W Henson Moore, (Rep-R-LA, 1975- )
  • Oct 5 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress
  • Oct 5 Marie-Claire Blais, French Canadian author and playwright
  • Oct 5 Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • Oct 5 Walter Wolf, Slovenian-born Canadian industrialist
  • Oct 6 Douglas K Bereuter, (Rep-R-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • Oct 6 John J LaFalce, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • Oct 7 Colin Cooper, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • Oct 7 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist
  • Oct 7 Clive James, Australian television presenter and writer
  • Oct 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (1996), born in Wisbech (d. 2016)
  • Oct 8 Paul Hogan, Australia, actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack)
  • Oct 8 Armando Gentilucci, composer
  • Oct 8 Elvira Ozolina, USSR, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Oct 8 Harvey Pekar, American author
  • Oct 8 Lynne Stewart, American civil liberties lawyer
  • Oct 9 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)
  • Oct 9 Pierre Mertens, French/Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines)
  • Oct 10 Joseph Pitts, American politician
  • Oct 11 Franklin A Sonn, union leader (South African workers)

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Oct 11 Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (Wimbledon 1959), born in São Paulo, Brazil

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Oct 11 Woiciech Wiesidlowski Lowski, dancer
  • Oct 12 Carolee Schneemann, Fox Chase Pennsylvania, American performance artist
  • Oct 13 Melinda Dillon, Hope Ark, actress (Close Encounters, Slap Shot)
  • Oct 13 T. J. Cloutier, American poker player
  • Oct 14 Hugh Delane Thompson, PGA golfer (1991 MONY Syracuse), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

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Oct 14 Ralph Lauren, fashion designer (Chaps, Polo Ralph Lauren), born in The Bronx, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren
  • Oct 15 Carmelo Bossi, Italy, light middleweight boxer (Olympic-silver-1960)

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Oct 18 Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin (JFK), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald

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Oct 18 Mike Ditka, NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Oct 18 Flavio Cotti, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Oct 20 Jay Siegel, Bkln, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • Oct 20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • Oct 22 Joaquim Chissano, president of Mozambique (1986- )
  • Oct 22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Oct 22 Tony Roberts, actor (Annie Hall, Edge of Night, Lucie Arnaz Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 22 George Cohen, English footballer
  • Oct 23 Charlie Foxx, US songwriter/soul singer (Mockingbird)
  • Oct 23 Ellie Greenwich, rocker
  • Oct 24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • Oct 25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 25 Zelmo Beaty, Hillister, TX, basketball player (St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 26 Vladimir Mikhailovich Beloborodov, cosmonaut

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Oct 27 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Oct 28 Jane Alexander, [Quigley], actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 28 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast
  • Oct 30 Eddie Holland, US singer/songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here)
  • Oct 30 Grace Slick, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Norman West, US singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • Oct 30 Leland H. Hartwell, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Oct 31 Ron Rifkin, American actor
  • Oct 31 Tom O'Connor, British comedian
  • Oct 31 Alui Farka Touré, Malian musician

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 11 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 7 Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70
  • Oct 10 Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)
  • Oct 16 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Oct 23 Zane Grey, US western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Alice Brady, actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee), dies at 46
  • Oct 29 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator and historian (b. 1864)
  • Oct 31 Otto Rank, [Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), dies