On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1939

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

US recognizes Francisco Franco's 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
260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII

Famous Birthdays

  • Ali MacGraw, American actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus), born in Pound Ridge, New York
  • Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Phil Niekro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitter 1973; 5 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves), born in Blaine, Ohio
  • Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vitali Davydov, Russian ice hockey defenceman (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; HC Dynamo Moscow), born in Moscow, Russia
1939 Highlights

About April 1, 1939

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries