Historical Events in 1939 (Part 3)

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  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 15 "Gone With the Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

  • Dec 15 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware
  • Dec 15 Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo and Curacao

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 red-nosed 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