On This Day

What Happened on February 10, 1939

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

"Stagecoach" western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, premieres in Miami


Famous Birthdays

  • Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
  • Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Peter Purves, English television presenter and actor (Doctor Who, Blue Peter), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • Roberta Flack, American vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPius XI

Pius XI [Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti], Italian 259th Pope (1922-39), dies at 81

259th Pope Pius XI
259th Pope
Pius XI

1939 Highlights

About February 10, 1939

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius