May 1939 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • May 13 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
  • May 14 Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
  • May 16 1st AL night game, Philadelphia Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
  • May 16 Food stamps are 1st issued
  • May 19 Churchill signs British-Russian anti-Nazi pact
  • May 20 "3 Little Fishies" by Kay Kyser swam to #1
  • May 20 1st regular transatlantic airmail (Pan Am: NY to Marsseille France)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 22 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 23 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
  • May 23 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

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May 23 Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 23 Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26, 33 remaining crew rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems (divers later awarded the Medal of Honor)

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • May 4 Amos Oz, Jerusalem, Israel, author (My Michael)
  • May 5 James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )
  • May 6 Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance
  • May 6 Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • May 7 Rudolphus FM "Ruud" Lubbers, director Dutch/CDA-premier (1982-94)
  • May 7 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • May 7 Sidney Altman, Canadian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate
  • May 9 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • May 12 Ronald Ziegler, press secretary (Nixon)
  • May 12 Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
  • May 13 William W Cobey Jr, (Rep-R-NC, 1985-87)
  • May 14 M N Fathulin, cosmonaut
  • May 15 Brian Hartley, mathematician
  • May 17 Wim de Bie, CEO (Simplistic Covenant)
  • May 17 Gary Paulsen, American author
  • May 18 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • May 18 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • May 19 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
  • May 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway, PM/feminist/conservatist
  • May 24 Gert J Schutte, Dutch MP (GPV)
  • May 26 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • May 26 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • May 27 Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)
  • May 27 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • May 29 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines
  • May 31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

Deaths in History

  • 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)