Historical Events in November 1939

  • 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

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Nov 8 Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 8 H Lindsay & R Crouse' "Life with Father" premieres in NYC

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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