Historical Events in February 1939

  • Feb 4 Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort
  • Feb 6 Spanish government flees to France
  • Feb 9 Belgian Spaak government falls

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Feb 10 Western film "Stagecoach" directed by John Ford starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his 1st big role premieres in Miami

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Feb 10 Western film "Stagecoach" directed by John Ford starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his 1st big role premieres in Miami

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Feb 14 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film "Gone With the Wind"

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • Feb 15 German battleship Bismarck was launched
  • Feb 15 Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 17 Katwijk soccer team forms
  • Feb 18 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
  • Feb 21 Belgian government of Pierlot forms

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Feb 22 Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Feb 23 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time

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Feb 23 11th Academy Awards: "You Can’t Take It With You", Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins

  • Feb 24 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston
  • Feb 25 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
  • Feb 27 Belgian government of Pierlot falls
  • Feb 27 Borley Rectory, "the most haunted house in England", destroyed in a fire
  • Feb 27 France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
  • Feb 27 Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
  • Feb 28 Great Britain recognizes Franco regime in Spain
  • Feb 28 The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik is published.
  • Feb 28 The erroneous word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.