On This Day

What Happened on December 22, 1939

Historical Events

  • Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
  • Freight train and passenger train head-on collision kills 101 at Markdorf, Germany
  • Genthin, Germany rail disaster - 186 die in train wreck as an express has a rear-end collision with a train stopped at the station

Famous Birthdays

  • James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2021)

Famous Deaths

  • Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", dies at 53
1939 Highlights

About December 22, 1939

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 9 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

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