What Happened on April 4, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq

Famous Birthdays

  • Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • JoAnne Carner, American LPGA golfer (1976 US Women's Open), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)