On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1939

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Dutch national debt hits ƒ4,218,553,180.99

Famous Birthdays

  • Afaq Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64), born in Lucknow, India (d. 2002)
  • Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), born in Lydenburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • Willye White, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1956, appeared in 5 Olympics), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)