On This Day

What Happened on December 22, 1939

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany
  • 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany
  • Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo

Famous Birthdays

  • James Gurley, American guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • James Gurley, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", dies at 53