What Happened in April 1939

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 US recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war. Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Apr 2 6th Masters Golf Tournament: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
  • 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 ACV soccer team forms in Axes
  • Apr 8 King Zog I of Albania flees

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • 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 The Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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 16 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 17 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 17 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • 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 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
  • Apr 19 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 28 Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 29 Whitestone Bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Bronx and Queens opens
  • Apr 30 New York World's Fair opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Apr 30 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Lou Gehrig sets a MLB record playing his 2,130th consecutive and final game for the New York Yankees.

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)
  • Apr 1 Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 1 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

Apr 2 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 2 Lise Thibault, 27th Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, born in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Quebec
  • Apr 3 Vitaliy Davidov, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow
  • Apr 3 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), born in Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 4 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 JoAnne Carner, American LPGA golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • Apr 4 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Apr 4 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Apr 5 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • Apr 5 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • Apr 5 Crispian St. Peters, English singer (The Changin' Times), born in Swanley, Kent
  • Apr 6 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • Apr 7 David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 7 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestFrancis Ford Coppola

Apr 7 Francis Ford Coppola, American director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Apr 9 Michael Learned, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Alan Rothenberg, American lawyer and sports executive, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 10 Daniel Oliver, American CEO (Federal Trade Commission), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 10 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 11 Louise Lasser, American actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Alan Ayckbourn, English playwright and director, born in London, England
  • Apr 12 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Revesby, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 13 Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • Apr 13 Paul Sorvino, actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy)

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

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 politician (PvdA)
  • Apr 14 Jennifer Fowler, composer
  • Apr 15 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster
  • Apr 16 Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London, England
  • Apr 16 John DeLaFose, zydeco Musician
  • Apr 16 Margaretha de Boer, Dutch minister (PvdA)
  • Apr 16 Reinier Lucassen, Dutch painter (Kuifje contra James Union)
  • Apr 16 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor (d. 2008.)
  • Apr 18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • Apr 18 Von McDaniel, baseball player
  • Apr 18 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge
  • Apr 19 E Clay Shaw Jr, (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007 ), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 19 Ellen Weston, American actress (Betty-SWAT), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Michael Macaulay, cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr)
  • Apr 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • Apr 20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 21 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Apr 21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • Apr 22 Jason Miller, actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 22 John Chilcot, civil servant
  • Apr 22 John Foley, Bristish Lieutenant General
  • Apr 23 David Birney, American actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Bill Hagerty, British editor (People), born in Ilford, London
  • Apr 23 Lee Majors [Harvey Lee Yeary], American film and TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, The Fall Guy), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • Apr 23 Patrick Williams, American composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Bonne Terre, Missouri
  • Apr 25 Patrick Anson, Earl of Lichfield, English photographer (d. 2005)
  • Apr 25 Veronica Sutherland, British diplomat
  • Apr 25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate, born in Ames, Iowa
  • Apr 26 Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
  • Apr 27 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Jerry Mercer, Canadian rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Kraków, born in Raba Wyżna, Poland
  • Apr 30 Ellen Taafe Zwilich, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 30 Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Dutch Princess Margriet

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • Apr 22 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (29) weds Huntington Hartford's former wife Mary Lee Hartford

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • Apr 6 Robert Courtneidge, British theater producer, dies
  • Apr 7 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • Apr 9 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, Spanish composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 10 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 S.S. Van Dine, [pseudonym for William Huntingdon Wright], American critic and detective writer (Philo Vance), dies at 50
  • Apr 18 Theo Mann, actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88
  • Apr 21 Herman Finck, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 John Foulds, English composer, dies at 58