On This Day

What Happened on August 28, 1939

Historical Events

Historic Event

Gen Bernard Montgomery ("Monty") becomes commander of 3rd "Iron" Infantry division

  • Journalist Care Hollingworth observes the “large numbers of troops, literally hundreds of tanks, armored cars and field guns” Germany had aligned along the Polish border. Three days later, Hitler invades Poland and WWII begins.
  • Netherland mobilizes
  • Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen's musical "George White's Scandals" premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (The Tornados), born in Stoke Newington, North London
  • [Catherine] Cassie Mackin, American newswoman (NBC TV) and 1st woman to regularly anchor an evening network newscast alone, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
1939 Highlights

About August 28, 1939

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 3 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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