On This Day

What Happened on August 28, 1939

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 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 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)