What Happened on April 5, 1939

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Alexander Gretchaninov's 5th Symphony premieres at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with Leopold Stowkowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Membership of Hitler Youth becomes obligatory

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • Crispian St. Peters [Robin Peter Smith], British pop singer (The Pied Piper; No No No), born in Swanley, Kent, England (d. 2010)
  • David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)
Born in 1939

Famous Deaths

  • William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies

About April 5, 1939

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 84 years, 5 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aries