What Happened in 1939 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 432

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Sep 28 German-Soviet Frontier Treaty is signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov; redraws German and Soviet spheres of influence in central Europe and transfers most of Lithuania to the USSR

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • Sep 30 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • Sep 30 41 U-boats sunk this month (153,000 ton)
  • Sep 30 Germany & Russia agree to partition Poland
  • Sep 30 White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets record of 61st relief appearance
  • Sep 30 Britain first evacuates citizens in anticipation of war.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 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
  • Nov 8 Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich
  • Nov 8 H Lindsay & R Crouse' "Life with Father" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Dec 1 SS-Fuhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews
  • Dec 2 British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form BOAC
  • Dec 2 NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight
  • Dec 3 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres
  • Dec 6 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
  • Dec 6 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady" premieres in NYC

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Dec 7 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Dec 7 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
  • Dec 9 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • Dec 9 Russian air raid on Helsinki
  • Dec 9 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 10 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0
  • Dec 10 KNVB celebrates 50th anniversary

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 720

  • May 23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • May 24 Gert J Schutte, Dutch MP (GPV)
  • May 25 Dixie Carter, TN, actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 25 Sir Ian McKellen, English film and theatre actor ( Lord of the Rings, X-Men), born in Burnley Lancashire

  • May 26 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • May 26 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • May 26 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • May 27 Don Williams, Floydada Texas, country singer (I Believe in You)
  • May 27 Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)
  • May 27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • May 27 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • May 29 Al Unser, auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1970, 71)
  • May 29 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines
  • May 29 Nanette Newman, writer/actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage)
  • May 30 Michael J Pollard, actor (Bonny & Clyde, Roxanne), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • May 30 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver
  • May 31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • May 31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire
  • Jun 1 Cleavon Little, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1992)
  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • Jun 3 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • Jun 3 Steve Dalkowski, baseball player
  • Jun 4 Phil Linz, baseball shortstop (NY Yankees)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 5 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • Jun 5 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • Jun 6 Gary "US" Bonds, [Anderson], Fla, singer/songwriter (New Orleans)
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction)
  • Jun 6 Marian Wright-Edelman, health care president (Childrens Defense Fund)
  • Jun 6 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement)
  • Jun 8 Bernie Casey, Wyco WV, actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop)
  • Jun 8 Herb Adderley, NFL hall of famer (Packers, Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 9 David Hobbs (auto racer)
  • Jun 9 Derek Hunt, CEO (MFI Furniture Group)
  • Jun 9 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano
  • Jun 9 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 10 Alexandra Stewart, actress (In Praise of Older Women), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 10 Guy Harwood, horse trainer
  • Jun 11 Barry George Barrington Porter, politician
  • Jun 11 Barry Porter, MP (Conservative)
  • Jun 11 Christina Crawford, author, Joan's daughter (Mommie Dearest)
  • Jun 11 Jackie Stewart, Scotland, driver/sports announcer (27 Grand Prix)
  • Jun 11 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player/journalist
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, country-pop singer
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer
  • Jun 12 Francis X McCloskey, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1983- )
  • Jun 12 GAI Schuijt, Dutch jurist (information law)
  • Jun 12 Geoff Griffin, cricketer (South African quick, hat-trick & chuck v Eng 1960)
  • Jun 13 Tom Cheek, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jun 14 Steny H Hoyer, (Rep-D-MD, 1981- )
  • Jun 14 John F. MacArthur, American evangelist
  • Jun 15 Ward Connerly, American political figure
  • Jun 15 Brian Jacques, British author
  • Jun 17 Dickey Do, [Gerry Granahan], rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's)
  • Jun 17 Donald Anderson, MP (Labour)
  • Jun 17 Hanna Johansen, writer
  • Jun 18 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)
  • Jun 18 Lynn Whiting, horse trainer
  • Jun 19 Peter Duffell, Brits lt-general/minister of Defense
  • Jun 19 Al Wilson, American singer (d. 2008)
  • Jun 20 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • Jun 20 R B Desai, cricketer (effective pace bowler for India in 60s)
  • Jun 21 Charles Boone, composer
  • Jun 21 Ruben Berrios, Puerto Rican politician
  • Jun 22 Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • Jun 22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • Jun 24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 25 Allen Fox, American Tennis Player
  • Jun 26 Ansar Ilgamovich Sharafutdinov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jun 26 Charles "Chuck" Robb, (Sen-D-Va)/husband of Lynda Bird Johnson
  • Jun 26 Smangaliso P Mkhatshwa, South Africa, sec-gen (Bishops' Conference 1983-88)
  • Jun 27 Neil Hawke, cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s)
  • Jun 27 Rahul Dev Burman, Indian composer and actor (d. 1994)
  • Jun 29 Alan Connolly, cricketer (Australian pace bowler through 60s)
  • Jun 29 Ron Headley, cricketer (son of George, 2 Tests WI v England 1973)
  • Jun 30 Lindembergue Cardoso, composer
  • Jul 1 Charles Hatcher, (Rep-D-GA, 1981- )
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, Oklahoma, rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie)
  • Jul 1 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 2 John H Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91)
  • Jul 2 M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, US, sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
  • Jul 2 Michael N Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware)
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations-My Girl)
  • Jul 2 Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jul 2 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
  • Jul 3 Jay Tarses, Balt Md, actor/writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory)
  • Jul 4 Ed Bernard, actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 5 Booker Edgerson, American football player
  • Jul 6 Helena Dupont, US, equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964)
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 6 Man Mohan Sood, cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India)
  • Jul 6 Mary Peters, England, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jul 7 Laurie Silvers, horse trainer
  • Jul 10 Lawrence Pressman, Ky, actor (Man From Atlantis, Hellstrom Chronicle)
  • Jul 10 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator (d. 1999)
  • Jul 11 Larry Laoretti, Mahopac NJ, PGA golfer (US Seniors Open 1992)
  • Jul 11 Seth Gaaikema, Dutch night club performer
  • Jul 12 Phillip Adams, Australian broadcaster and journalist
  • Jul 14 Karel Gott, Czech singer
  • Jul 14 Sid Haig, American actor
  • Jul 14 George E. Slusser, American scholar and writer

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Famous Deaths

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