February 1939 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 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.

Birthdays in History

  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • 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