On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1939

Famous Birthdays

  • James Galway, Irish classical flutist known as "The Man With the Golden Flute", born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jerry Butler, American soul vocalist (The Impressions; "Never Give You Up"), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • Lynn Wilson, contractor and multi-millionaire

Famous Deaths

  • Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), dies at 63
1939 Highlights

About December 8, 1939

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 10 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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