1939 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 313

  • Jan 1 Sydney, Australia, swelters in 45 ˚C (113 ˚F) heat, a record for the city.
  • Jan 3 Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives
  • Jan 4 Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school

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Jan 4 Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Jan 7 US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)
  • Jan 13 Belgian premier signs Burgos Treaty for trade relations with Franco
  • Jan 13 The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • Jan 14 All commercial ferry services between San Francisco and East Bay end
  • Jan 14 Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
  • Jan 15 Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
  • Jan 16 Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts
  • Jan 16 The IRA begins a bombing campaign in England
  • Jan 17 Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
  • Jan 19 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec
  • Jan 20 Charles Ives' 1st Sonata "Concord" premieres

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Jan 21 George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "American Way" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • Jan 21 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Jan 22 Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, SF, is dedicated
  • Jan 24 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile
  • Jan 24 Spanish government moves to Figueras
  • Jan 25 Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed

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Jan 25 1st nuclear fission experiment (splitting of a uranium atom) in the US, in basement of Pupin Hall, Columbia University by a team including Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • Jan 26 Federal Hall National Monument established
  • Jan 26 Filming begins on "Gone With the Wind"

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Jan 26 Franco conquers Barcelona

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jan 27 First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

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Jan 30 Hitler threatens the Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (Parliament)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jan 30 Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile
  • 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
  • Feb 15 German battleship Bismarck was launched
  • Feb 15 Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 18 Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
  • Feb 21 Belgian government of Pierlot forms
  • Feb 22 Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain
  • 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.
  • Mar 1 Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.
  • Mar 2 Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
  • Mar 2 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late

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Mar 3 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mar 7 Glamour magazine begins publishing
  • Mar 7 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
  • Mar 8 Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowan's "Family Portrait" premieres
  • Mar 10 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad, India
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
  • Mar 14 England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
  • Mar 14 Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 15 Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independent
  • Mar 16 Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 16 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
  • Mar 17 Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
  • Mar 20 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
  • Mar 21 Nazi Germany demands the return of Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
  • Mar 22 Lithuania forced to give Memel territory to Germany
  • Mar 25 Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
  • Mar 28 Dutch hunter shoots down British bombers
  • Mar 28 Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 28 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco
  • Mar 30 The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets the world airspeed record of 463 mph.
  • Mar 30 First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.
  • Mar 31 Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
  • Apr 1 US recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war. Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain
  • Apr 4 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
  • Apr 5 Membership of Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
  • Apr 6 Great Britain & Poland sign military pact
  • Apr 6 US & UK agree on joint control of Canton & Enderbury Is (Pacific)
  • Apr 7 Italy invades Albania
  • Apr 8 King Zog I of Albania flees
  • Apr 10 Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
  • Apr 10 Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
  • Apr 11 Hungary leaves League of Nations
  • Apr 13 W Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 13 In India the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

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Apr 14 John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published

  • Apr 15 Albert Lebrun elected president of France

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 16 Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Apr 17 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact
  • Apr 18 Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
  • Apr 18 Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
  • Apr 19 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
  • Apr 23 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
  • Apr 28 Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect
  • Apr 29 Whitestone Bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Bronx & Queens opens
  • Apr 30 New York World's Fair opens
  • Apr 30 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms
  • May 1 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
  • May 3 The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
  • May 5 Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
  • May 6 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
  • May 7 Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • May 9 Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 279

  • Jan 2 Jim Bakker, televangelist (PTL Club)/rapist (Jessica Hahn)
  • Jan 3 Janice Crosio, Australian politician
  • Jan 5 Peter Struycken, statues/computer expert/teacher
  • Jan 7 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
  • Jan 10 Jared Carter, American poet
  • Jan 10 David Horowitz, American author and political commentator
  • Jan 10 William Levy, Dutch writer
  • Jan 12 Helmut Eisendle, writer
  • Jan 12 Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink, Dutch writer/poet (Cold Unrest)
  • Jan 18 Bernard Glassman, NY, Zen teacher/head (Zen Center of NY)
  • Jan 20 Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Indian astronomer
  • Jan 20 Paul Coverdell, American politician (d. 2000)
  • Jan 22 Jeff Smith, American chef (d. 2004)
  • Jan 25 Gabriel Romanus, Swedish politician
  • Jan 27 N R Bomford, head master (Harrow School)
  • Jan 28 John M Fabian, Goosecreek Tx, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G)
  • Jan 29 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jan 29 O P Kolomitsev, cosmonaut
  • Jan 30 Eleanor Smeal, feminist/pres (NOW)
  • Jan 30 Frank R Wolf, (Rep-R-VA, 1981- )
  • Feb 1 Paul E Gillmor, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • Feb 2 Rachel English, author (My 1st 500), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist, father of electronics in Iran (d. 2000)
  • Feb 2 Dale T. Mortensen, Enterprise, Oregon, economist (Nobel, 2010), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 3 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut
  • Feb 3 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), (d. 2016) possible date only
  • Feb 4 Jacques Charlier, Belgian sculptor
  • Feb 4 Stan Lundine, (Rep-D-NY, 1976-86)
  • Feb 8 Gerrit Lakmaaker, sculptor/painter (Leidsepleingroep)
  • Feb 8 José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
  • Feb 10 Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
  • Feb 11 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • Feb 11 Jane [Hyatt] Yolen, US, sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
  • Feb 13 Valery Illych Rozhdestvensky, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • Feb 13 Beate Klarsfeld, German Nazi hunter
  • Feb 15 Jo Clayton, US, sci-fi author (Irsud, Maeve, Star Hunters)
  • Feb 15 Tony Bloom, deputy CEO (Sketchley)
  • Feb 15 Robert Hansen, American serial killer
  • Feb 16 David Griffiths, portrait painter
  • Feb 18 Claude Ake, political scientist
  • Feb 23 Edmund Boyd Fisher, publisher
  • Feb 24 George Bain, principal (London Business School)
  • Feb 25 A C F Verity, master (Dulwich College)
  • Feb 27 Antoinette Sibley, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • Feb 27 Kenzo Takada, Japanese director (Dream After Dream)
  • Mar 3 Hans Pieter Verhagen, Dutch poet (Hoepla/Holland's Hole)
  • Mar 4 James Aubrey Turner, scientist
  • Mar 5 Charles Fuller, US writer (Zooman, Soldier Story)
  • Mar 5 Terry Curry, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 5 Peter Woodcock, Canadian serial killer
  • Mar 6 Christopher Bond, (Sen-R Missouri)
  • Mar 6 Infanta Margarita of Spain, duchess of Soria
  • Mar 8 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • Mar 8 Mike Lowry, (Rep-D-WA, 1979- )
  • Mar 11 Lorraine Hunt, former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • Mar 12 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • Mar 14 William Benjamin Lenoir, astronaut (STS 5), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Mar 15 Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian author
  • Mar 16 Carlos Bilardo, Argetinian football coach
  • Mar 17 Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)

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Mar 20 Brian Mulroney, 18th Prime Minister of Canada (1984-93), born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney
  • Mar 20 Earl of Seafield, [Ginger], English large landowner
  • Mar 25 Toni Cade Bambara, director
  • Mar 26 Colin Webb, general manager (Press Association)
  • Mar 26 Stuart Sutherland, Professor Emeritus (Sussex U)
  • Mar 27 Jay C Kim, (Rep-R-California)
  • Mar 27 Lord Lyell [Charles Lyell], British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Mar 27 Ruth Ashton, general secretary (Royal College of Midwives)
  • Mar 29 Roland Arnall, American businessman and diplomat (d. 2008).
  • Mar 31 Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first President of Georgia (d. 1993)
  • Apr 2 Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
  • Apr 5 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • Apr 6 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • Apr 7 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 10 Daniel Oliver, American CEO (Federal Trade Commission), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Alan Ayckbourn, playwright, born in London, England
  • Apr 13 Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)

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Apr 13 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • Apr 13 Wijnie Jabaaij, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Apr 16 Margaretha de Boer, Dutch minister (PvdA)
  • Apr 16 Reinier Lucassen, Dutch painter (Kuifje contra James Union)
  • Apr 18 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge
  • Apr 19 E Clay Shaw Jr, (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007 ), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian premier (1981-82, 86-89, 90- )
  • Apr 20 Peter S. Beagle, American author
  • Apr 21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • Apr 22 John Chilcot, civil servant
  • Apr 22 John Foley, Bristish Lieutenant General
  • Apr 23 William Hagerty, editor (People)
  • Apr 25 Richard earl of Lichfield, English photographer
  • Apr 25 Veronica Sutherland, British diplomat
  • Apr 25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • Apr 26 Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
  • Apr 27 Judy Carne, English comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish Cardinal
  • Apr 30 Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Dutch Princess Margriet
  • May 2 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • May 4 Amos Oz, Jerusalem, Israel, author (My Michael)
  • May 5 James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 2 Author Jacqueline Susann (20) weds Irving Mansfield at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia

HeartWedding of Interest

May 29 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (25) weds Aliza Arnold

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 9 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (24) weds social worker Donna Lindsay

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • Jul 2 Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding (28) weds analytic chemist Ann Brookfield

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)

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Jan 5 Amelia Earhart, American aviator and 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, declared dead at 41 after her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937

  • Jan 24 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (b. 1867)
  • Jan 26 Armand Calinescu, Romania's PM, assassinated by the iron guard
  • Jan 28 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • Feb 4 Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • Feb 4 Henri W A Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Pius XI, [Ambrogio D A Ratti], Italian Pope (1922-39), dies at 81
  • Feb 15 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
  • Feb 15 Henri Jaspar, premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • Feb 16 Jura Soyfer, Jewish political and cabaret writer, dies at Buchenwald concentration camp at 26
  • Feb 22 Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (b. 1875)
  • Feb 27 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70

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Mar 2 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • Mar 6 [Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 John Jules Barrish, Irish writer (b. 1885)
  • Mar 18 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • Mar 19 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • Mar 27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 6 Robert Courtneidge, British theater producer, dies
  • Apr 7 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • Apr 10 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 SS Van Dine, [William Huntingdon Wright], detective writer, dies at 50
  • May 3 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71
  • May 11 Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)
  • May 22 Ernst Toller, German playwright, commits suicide at 45
  • May 22 Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • May 26 Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74
  • May 26 Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies
  • May 27 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • May 29 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)
  • Jun 5 Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies
  • Jun 5 Frank Van de Goes, writer/marxist theorist, dies
  • Jun 6 Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 13 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • Jun 17 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • Jun 19 Grace Abbott, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • Jun 26 Ford M Ford, [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65
  • Jul 1 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
  • Jul 2 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
  • Jul 7 James Deacon White, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi), dies at 91
  • Jul 8 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter, decorative artist (b. 1860)
  • Jul 15 Johon Mellanby, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 15 Percy Scott Worthington, architect, dies
  • Jul 16 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • Jul 19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (b. 1850)
  • Jul 20 Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • Jul 28 William J Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder Mayo Clinic, dies at 78
  • Aug 2 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)
  • Aug 11 Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)
  • Aug 23 Sidney Coe Howard, American playwright (Silver Cord, Pulitzer 1925), dies at 48
  • Sep 6 Arthur Rackham, artist/illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • Sep 18 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)
  • Sep 18 Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • Sep 21 Armand Calinescu, premier of Romania, murdered

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Sep 23 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and creator of psychoanalysis, dies at 83

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • Sep 29 Dickstein, mathematician, dies
  • Oct 7 Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70
  • Oct 23 Zane Grey, US western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
  • Oct 29 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator and historian (b. 1864)
  • Oct 31 Otto Rank, [Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), dies
  • Nov 3 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • Nov 6 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr
  • Nov 11 Jan Opletal, Czech student, victim of Nazi violence in Prague
  • Nov 12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor and humanitarian (b. 1890)
  • Nov 16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • Nov 25 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67
  • Nov 29 Philipp Scheidemann, German MP (SPD)/mayor of Kassel, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Matthew Brown, Journalist, dies at 51
  • Dec 19 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • Dec 20 Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
  • Dec 23 Anthony H G Fokker, Dutch airplane builder (Spider), dies at 49