What Happened in January 1939

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Sydney, Australia, swelters in 45 ˚C (113 ˚F) heat, a record for the city.
  • Jan 1 25th Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #3 Duke, 7-3

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Jan 2 Bradman scores 107 SA v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 2 5th Sugar Bowl: #1 TCU beats #6 Carnegie Tech, 15-7
  • Jan 2 5th Orange Bowl: #2 Tennessee beats #4 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • Jan 3 Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives
  • Jan 4 Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Jan 7 US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)
  • Jan 13 Belgian premier signs Burgos Treaty for trade relations with Franco
  • Jan 13 The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • Jan 14 All commercial ferry services between San Francisco and East Bay end
  • Jan 14 Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
  • Jan 15 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
  • Jan 15 Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
  • Jan 16 Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts
  • Jan 16 The IRA begins a bombing campaign in England
  • Jan 17 Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
  • Jan 18 Australian wicketkeeper Donald Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW
  • Jan 19 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record of 4.4 sec
  • Jan 20 Charles Ives' 1st Sonata "Concord" premieres

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Jan 21 George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "American Way" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • Jan 21 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • Jan 22 Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco dedicated
  • Jan 24 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Jan 24 Spanish government moves to Figueras
  • Jan 25 Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 25 Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

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Jan 25 1st nuclear fission experiment (splitting of a uranium atom) in the US, in basement of Pupin Hall, Columbia University by a team including Enrico Fermi

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • Jan 26 Federal Hall National Monument established
  • Jan 26 Filming begins on film "Gone With the Wind"

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jan 26 Franco conquers Barcelona

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jan 27 First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  • Jan 28 32nd Women's Australian Championships: Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 28 32nd Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Adrian Quist (6-4, 6-1, 6-3)

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Jan 30 Hitler threatens the Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (Parliament)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jan 30 Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Michèle Mercier, French actress
  • Jan 2 Jim Bakker, American televangelist (Assemblies of God, The PTL Club) and convicted fraud, born in Muskegon, Michigan

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Jan 3 Bobby Hull, Canadian NHL forward (Chicago Blackhawk 1957-72), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Jan 3 Nikos Alefantos, Greek football manager
  • Jan 3 Janice Crosio, Australian politician
  • Jan 4 Jon Appleton, composer
  • Jan 5 Bridget Parker, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 5 Peter Struycken, statues/computer expert/teacher
  • Jan 6 Murray Rose, Nairn Scotland, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 7 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • Jan 7 Tom Kierman, British(?) rugby player
  • Jan 7 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
  • Jan 9 Susannah York, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman), born in London, England
  • Jan 10 Bill Toomey, decathelete (Olympic gold 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 10 Sal Mineo, American actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Jared Carter, American poet, born in Elwood, Indiana
  • Jan 10 David Horowitz, American author and political commentator
  • Jan 10 William Levy, Dutch writer
  • Jan 10 Scott McKenzie, American singer ('San Francisco;), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 11 Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1960), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jan 12 Helmut Eisendle, writer
  • Jan 12 Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink, Dutch writer/poet (Cold Unrest)
  • Jan 13 Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach
  • Jan 15 Charles Christopher Steel, composer
  • Jan 17 Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • Jan 17 Maury Povich, TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Mr Connie Chung
  • Jan 17 Toini Gustafson, Swedish 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jan 18 Bernard Glassman, NY, Zen teacher/head (Zen Center of NY)
  • Jan 20 Murle Breer, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 20 Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Indian astronomer
  • Jan 20 Paul Coverdell, American politician (d. 2000)
  • Jan 21 Mary Ellen McAnally, American poet (Dance of the Zygotes), born in Vandalia, Illinois
  • Jan 22 Jeff Smith, American chef (d. 2004)
  • Jan 23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist/saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 23 Sonny Chiba, Japanese actor and martial artist
  • Jan 23 Arlene Golonka, American actress
  • Jan 24 Ray Stevens, Clarksdale Ga, singer (Ahab the Arab, Streak)
  • Jan 25 Gabriel Romanus, Swedish politician
  • Jan 26 Marshall Lieb, rocker (Teddy Bears)
  • Jan 27 Mike Hill, PGA golfer (1977 Ohio Kings Island Open), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Jan 27 N R Bomford, head master (Harrow School)
  • Jan 27 Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer
  • Jan 28 John M Fabian, Goosecreek Tx, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G)
  • Jan 29 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jan 29 O P Kolomitsev, cosmonaut
  • Jan 30 Eleanor Smeal, feminist/pres (NOW)
  • Jan 30 Frank R Wolf, (Rep-R-VA, 1981- )
  • Jan 30 Nick Gaselee, racehorse trainer
  • Jan 31 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (18) weds Bernice Ray

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)

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Jan 5 Amelia Earhart, American aviator and 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, declared dead at 41 after her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937

  • Jan 6 Albert Ward, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1893-95), dies
  • Jan 9 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor/Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), dies from tuberculosis at 50
  • Jan 10 Julius Bittner, Austria composer (Missa Austriaca), dies at 64
  • Jan 13 Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies
  • Jan 19 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 23 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • Jan 24 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, dies at 71
  • Jan 28 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • Jan 31 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies