What Happened on September 5, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)

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FDR declares US neutrality at start of WW II in Europe

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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J. B. M. Hertzog resigns as South African Prime Minister after losing a vote in parliament on neutrality in WWII

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage declares New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany; Savage famously told the nation 'where she goes, we go. Where she stands,we stand'

Famous Birthdays

  • Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • George Lazenby, Australian actor (OHMSS-James Bond), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • John Stewart, American rocker (Kingston Trio-Fire in the Wind), born in San Diego, California

Famous Deaths

  • Cornelis J "Cor" van Ast, Dutch actor and director (Ghost Hotel, Two Boys), dies at 67