Historical Events in October 1939

  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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"

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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)

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Oct 25 George Kaufman/Moss Hart's "Man Who Came to Dinner" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
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)