On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1939

Historical Events

  • Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Keith, American bluegrass and country banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer
  • Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Kim Weston, American soul singer (with Marvin Gaye - "It Takes Two"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Klaus Schweizer, German composer, born in Albstadt, Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
1939 Highlights

About December 20, 1939

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Sagittarius