On This Day

What Happened on April 4, 1939

Historical Events

  • Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq

Famous Birthdays

  • Danny Thompson, English multi-instrumentalist (Blues Incorporated), born in Teignmouth, England
  • 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 golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
1939 Highlights

About April 4, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries