Historical Events in December 1939

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Dec 1 SS-Fuhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 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

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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
  • Dec 11 New anti-Jewish measures proclaimed in Poland
  • Dec 12 Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
  • Dec 13 Battle of the River Plate - 3 British cruisers vs German pocket battleship Graf Spee
  • Dec 14 Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union
  • Dec 15 "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
  • Dec 15 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware
  • Dec 15 Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Curacao

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Dec 16 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 17 German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay
  • Dec 18 Finnish army recaptures Agläjärvi
  • Dec 19 Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa
  • Dec 20 Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service

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Dec 21 Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 22 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany
  • Dec 22 Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland
  • Dec 22 Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
  • Dec 22 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany
  • Dec 23 Finnish counter offensive at Summa
  • Dec 23 South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
  • Dec 24 World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
  • Dec 25 Grimmett & Ward rip through Qld except Bill Brown (156)
  • Dec 25 Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer
  • Dec 26 Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
  • Dec 26 Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
  • Dec 27 1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)
  • Dec 27 Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake in Erzincam Turkey
  • Dec 29 First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber prototype
  • Dec 30 Bradman scores 267 SA v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century
  • Dec 30 O'Reilly takes 14-45 (8-23 & 6-22) as NSW crush Qld in 2 days

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Dec 30 "Of Mice and Men", starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released

  • Dec 31 Dutch national debt hits ƒ4,218,553,180.99