On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1939

Famous Birthdays

  • Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)
  • Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • Valeri V Ryumin, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 32)
  • Wim Meijer, Dutch politician (PvdA)

Famous Deaths

  • Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
1939 Highlights

About August 16, 1939

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 2 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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