On This Day

What Happened on April 30, 1939

Historical Events

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • New York World's Fair opens
  • Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, American composer (1st woman composer to win Pulitzer Prize - 1982), born in Miami, Florida
  • Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, born in Schiedam, Netherlands
1939 Highlights

About April 30, 1939

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 3 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus