On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay

Famous Birthdays

  • Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
  • Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)