What Happened in 1939 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 432

  • Apr 9 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial
  • Apr 10 Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
  • Apr 10 Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
  • Apr 11 Hungary leaves League of Nations
  • Apr 13 W Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 13 In India the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published

  • Apr 15 Albert Lebrun elected president of France

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 16 Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 17 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 17 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 17 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact
  • Apr 18 Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
  • Apr 18 Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
  • Apr 19 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
  • Apr 19 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 28 Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 29 Whitestone Bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Bronx & Queens opens
  • Apr 30 New York World's Fair opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Apr 30 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms
  • May 1 Batman comics hit street
  • May 1 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 3 The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
  • May 5 Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
  • May 6 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
  • May 6 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • May 7 Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • May 9 Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
  • May 13 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • May 13 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
  • May 14 Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
  • May 16 1st AL night game, Philadelphia Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
  • May 16 Food stamps are 1st issued
  • May 17 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
  • May 19 Churchill signs British-Russian anti-Nazi pact
  • May 20 "3 Little Fishies" by Kay Kyser swam to #1
  • May 20 1st regular transatlantic airmail (Pan Am: NY to Marsseille France)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 22 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 23 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
  • May 23 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad
  • May 23 Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
  • May 23 Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26, 33 remaining crew rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems (divers later awarded the Medal of Honor)
  • May 25 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:20:47.412 (185.131 km/h)
  • Jun 1 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
  • Jun 1 1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
  • Jun 1 British submarine "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard
  • Jun 1 Retired German Col-gen Gerd von Runstedt returns to service
  • Jun 3 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 3 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
  • Jun 6 NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • Jun 6 NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead
  • Jun 7 George VI & Elizabeth become the 1st king & queen of Britain to visit USA
  • Jun 7 Cleve Indians sets AL record of 16 inning game without striking out, however lose game 5-4 to NY Yankees
  • Jun 10 MGM cartoon character Barney Bear debuts
  • Jun 11 King & Queen of England taste 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 12 43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • Jun 12 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY
  • Jun 12 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
  • Jun 17 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 17 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
  • Jun 17 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • Jun 20 Test flight of 1st rocket plane using liquid propellants
  • Jun 21 NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Jun 22 Princes (future Queen) Elizabeth meets future husband Prince Philip of Greece (Midshipman Mountbatten, RN)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jun 23 France turns over Sanjak of Alexandretta (Hatay) to Turkey
  • Jun 23 US Congress establishes US Coast Guard Reserve (renamed US Coast Guard Auxiliary 1941) as uniformed volunteer units supporting the Coast Guard
  • Jun 24 Pan Am's 1st US to England flight
  • Jun 27 1st night game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians 5, Tigers 0)
  • Jun 27 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
  • Jun 27 Headley scores a cricket century in each innings v England at Lord's
  • Jun 28 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 28 Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper)
  • Jun 28 Yanks hit 13 HRs, sweep A's 23-2 & 10-0
  • Jun 29 4th Dutch government of Colijn falls
  • Jun 29 Dixie Clipper completes 1st commercial plane flight to Europe
  • Jun 30 Heinkel He 176 rocket plane flies for 1st time, at Peenemunde
  • Jul 3 Ernst Heinkel demonstrates 800 kph (500 mph) rocket plane to Hitler
  • Jul 3 Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes "luckiest man" speech
  • 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
  • Jul 8 59th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)
  • 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/Actor Frank Sinatra
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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 720

  • Feb 25 A C F Verity, master (Dulwich College)
  • Feb 25 Marisa Mell, Graz Austria, actress (Masquerade, Casanova '70)
  • Feb 26 Josephine Tewson, English actress
  • Feb 27 Antoinette Sibley, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • Feb 27 Kenzo Takada, Japanese director (Dream After Dream)
  • Feb 27 Lester King, cricketer (WI fast bowler, 2 Tests 1962-68, 9 wkts)
  • Feb 27 Peter Revson, auto racer (1971 Indianapolis pole winner)
  • Feb 28 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 28 John Fahey, singer (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death)
  • Feb 28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Mar 1 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • Mar 1 Warren Davis, rocker (Monotones)
  • Mar 2 Barbara Luna, actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 2 Gerard van Tongeren, Dutch singer (Buffoons)
  • Mar 3 Hans Pieter Verhagen, Dutch poet (Hoepla/Holland's Hole)
  • Mar 3 M L Jaisimha, cricketer (Indian batsman of the sixties)
  • Mar 4 James Aubrey Turner, scientist
  • Mar 4 Paula Prentiss, [Ragusa] San Ant Tx, actress (Parallax View, He & She)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Vereza, Brazilian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 4 Jack Fisher, MLB Pitcher, born in Frostburg, Maryland

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • Mar 5 Charles Fuller, US writer (Zooman, Soldier Story)
  • Mar 5 Samantha Eggar, actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • Mar 5 Terry Curry, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 5 Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer
  • Mar 6 Christopher Bond, (Sen-R Missouri)
  • Mar 6 David Spielberg, Weslaco Tx, actor (Jessica Novak, The Practice)
  • Mar 6 Jerry Naylor, Stephenville Tx, rock vocalist (Crickets)
  • Mar 6 Infanta Margarita of Spain, duchess of Soria
  • Mar 6 Cookie Rojas, baseball player
  • Mar 7 Marion Marlowe, singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 7 Panajot Pano, Albania's most outstanding football player of the past 50 years born in Durres
  • Mar 8 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • Mar 8 Jim Bouton, pitcher (NY Yankees)/author (Ball Four), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 8 Lydia Skoblikova, USSR, speed skater (Olympics-6 gold-1960, 64)
  • Mar 8 Mike Lowry, (Rep-D-WA, 1979- )
  • Mar 8 Robert Tear, Barry Wales, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970)
  • Mar 8 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • Mar 10 Irina Press, USSR, 80m hurdles/Pentathelete (Olympic-gold-1960, 64)
  • Mar 11 Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • Mar 11 Flaco Jiménez, American musician
  • Mar 12 Barbara Feldon, actress (Agent 99-Get Smart), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 12 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • Mar 13 Neil Sedaka, American singer/songwriter (Breaking Up is Hard to Do), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 14 Bertrand Blier, novelist/director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 14 Raymond J. Barry, American actor
  • Mar 14 Stavros Xarhakos, Greek composer
  • Mar 15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 15 Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian author
  • Mar 16 Carlos Bilardo, Argetinian football coach
  • Mar 17 Shahid Mahmoud, cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • Mar 17 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • Mar 17 Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • Mar 18 Ron Atkinson, English former footballer and manager
  • Mar 18 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
  • Mar 18 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer
  • Mar 19 Abbas Ali Baig, cricketer (Indian bat 112 on debut v England 1959)
  • Mar 19 Joe Kapp, NFL QB (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 20 Brian Mulroney, 18th Prime Minister of Canada (1984-93), born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney
  • Mar 20 Earl of Seafield, [Ginger], English large landowner
  • Mar 21 Kathleen Widdoes, actress (Without a Trace), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 21 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Mar 23 Bert Berdis, Pitts, comedian (Tim Conway Show)
  • Mar 23 Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, composer
  • Mar 23 Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and entertainer
  • Mar 25 Toni Cade Bambara, director
  • Mar 26 Colin Webb, general manager (Press Association)
  • Mar 26 Phillip R Allen, Pitts, actor (Harry-Hardy Boys Mystery, Mitch-Alice)
  • Mar 26 Stuart Sutherland, Professor Emeritus (Sussex U)
  • Mar 27 Cale Yarborough, auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84)
  • Mar 27 Jay C Kim, (Rep-R-California)
  • Mar 27 Lord Lyell [Charles Lyell], British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Mar 27 Ruth Ashton, general secretary (Royal College of Midwives)
  • Mar 29 Hanumant Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India-century on debut)
  • Mar 29 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, Night Creature)
  • Mar 29 Roland Arnall, American businessman and diplomat (d. 2008).
  • Mar 31 Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first President of Georgia (d. 1993)
  • Apr 1 Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)
  • Apr 1 Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 1 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 2 Marvin Gaye (Jr), singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C.

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 2 Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
  • Apr 3 Vitaliy Davidov, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • Apr 3 François de Roubaix, French film score composer (d. 1975)
  • Apr 4 Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)
  • Apr 4 JoAnne Carner, Kirkland WA, LPGA golfer (1976 US Women's Open)
  • Apr 4 Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)
  • Apr 4 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 5 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • Apr 5 David Winters, choreographer (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • Apr 5 Lonnie White, vocalist (Smokey Robinson & Miracles-Shop Around)
  • Apr 5 Crispian St. Peters, British singer
  • Apr 6 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • Apr 7 David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 7 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Francis Ford Coppola, director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Apr 9 Michael Learned, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Alan Rothenberg, US Soccer pres (1990- )
  • Apr 10 Daniel Oliver, CEO (Federal Trade Commission), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 132 of 132

  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Dec 1 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Ernest Schelling, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 10 Wilhelm Grosz, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 12 Douglas Fairbanks, actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies at 56
  • Dec 15 Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies
  • Dec 18 Matthew Brown, Journalist, dies at 51
  • Dec 19 Eric Fogg, English composer, dies under a train at 36
  • Dec 19 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor/director (The White), dies at 57
  • Dec 20 Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
  • Dec 22 Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 23 Anthony H G Fokker, Dutch airplane builder (Spider), dies at 49