October 1939 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 24 Nazi require wearing of Star of David by Jews
  • Oct 24 Nylon stockings go on sale for first time (Wilmington, Delaware)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright Moss Hart
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 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Yuri Nikolayevich Glazkov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 24)
  • Oct 4 W Henson Moore, (Rep-R-LA, 1975- )
  • Oct 5 Marie-Claire Blais, French Canadian author and playwright
  • Oct 5 Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • Oct 5 Walter Wolf, Slovenian-born Canadian industrialist
  • Oct 6 Douglas K Bereuter, (Rep-R-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • Oct 6 John J LaFalce, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • Oct 7 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist
  • Oct 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (1996), born in Wisbech (d. 2016)
  • Oct 8 Harvey Pekar, American author
  • Oct 8 Lynne Stewart, American civil liberties lawyer
  • Oct 9 Pierre Mertens, French/Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines)
  • Oct 10 Joseph Pitts, American politician
  • Oct 11 Franklin A Sonn, union leader (South African workers)
  • Oct 12 Carolee Schneemann, Fox Chase Pennsylvania, American performance artist
  • Oct 13 T. J. Cloutier, American poker player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 14 Ralph Lauren, fashion designer (Chaps, Polo Ralph Lauren), born in The Bronx, New York

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren
Fashion Designer
Ralph Lauren

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 18 Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin (JFK), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Oct 18 Flavio Cotti, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Oct 22 Joaquim Chissano, president of Mozambique (1986- )
  • Oct 26 Vladimir Mikhailovich Beloborodov, cosmonaut
  • Oct 30 Leland H. Hartwell, American scientist, Nobel laureate

Deaths in History

  • 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