On This Day

What Happened in July 1939

Historical Events

Historic Invention

Jul 3 Ernst Heinkel demonstrates 800 kph (500 mph) rocket plane to Adolf Hitler

  • Jul 4 Red Sox 3rd baseman Jim Tabor hits record-tying 2 grand slams in one MLB game, 18-12 win v Phillies

Sports History

Jul 4 Lou Gehrig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his "Appreciation Day" at Yankee Stadium, makes iconic "luckiest man" speech

  • Jul 5 Flash floods kill 79 in Northeast Kentucky
  • Jul 6 German Nazis close last Jewish enterprises

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Elwood Cooke 2-6, 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for Wimbledon sweep, also won doubles & mixed doubles titles

  • Jul 7 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: In the last Open played for 7 years, due to WWII, England's Dick Burton wins by 2 strokes from American Johnny Bulla
  • Jul 7 "The Rules of the Game", French film directed by Jean Renoir, starring Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost, premieres in Paris

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Alice Marble wins her only Wimbledon singles title beating Kay Stammers of England 6-2, 6-0

  • Jul 9 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • Jul 11 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees

Music History

Jul 13 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut, with The Harry James Orchestra, singing "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood"

  • Jul 15 Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight

PGA Championship

Jul 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pomonok CC: 1938 Masters champion Henry Picard wins his 2nd major title defeating Byron Nelson with a birdie at the 37th hole

  • Jul 19 Dr Roy P Scholz is 1st surgeon to use fiberglass sutures
  • Jul 22 Jane Bolin becomes the 1st African American female judge in New York
  • Jul 25 5th and last Dutch government of Colijn, forms
  • Jul 25 New York Yankees starting pitcher Atley Donald sets American League rookie record for consecutive wins; beats St. Louis Browns 5-1 for his 12th straight victory
  • Jul 26 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Jul 28 5th Dutch government of Colijn falls
  • Jul 30 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his 3rd title from Frenchman René Vietto

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Frank Parker, American actor (Days of our Lives, Never Too Young), born in Darby, Pennsylvania (2018)
  • Jul 1 Charles Floyd Hatcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia), born in Doerun, Georgia
  • Jul 1 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs; Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Jul 1 Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), born in Park Ridge, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Jul 2 John H. Sununu, US Secretary of State (R, 1989-91), Governor of New Hampshire (1983-89), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jul 2 M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, American sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)
  • Jul 2 Michael N. Castle, (Rep-R-Delaware 1993-2011, Governor of Delaware 1985-92), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jul 2 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • Jul 2 Valeri Vasilyevich Illarianov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jul 2 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
  • Jul 3 Jay Tarses, American actor and writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 4 Ed Bernard, American actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 5 Booker Edgerson, American football player, born in Baxter County, Arkansas
  • Jul 6 Helena Dupont, American equestrian 3-day even (Olympic-33rd place-1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 6 Man Mohan Sood, Indian cricketer (scored 0 & 3 in his only Test for India), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Jul 6 Mary Peters, English pentathlete (Olympic gold 1972), born in Halewood, Lancashire
  • Jul 6 Renton Laidlaw, Scottish golf broadcaster and journalist (President Association of Golf Writers 1995-2015; BBC Radio), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • Jul 10 Lawrence Pressman, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Hellstrom Chronicle), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • Jul 10 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator, born in Zile, Tokat, Turkey (d. 1999)
  • Jul 10 Mavis Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers - "I'll Take You There"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 11 Larry Laoretti, American golfer (US Senior Open 1992), born in Mahopac, New Jersey
  • Jul 11 Seth Gaaikema, Dutch night club performer
  • Jul 12 Phillip Adams, Australian humanist and broadcaster (Late Night Live), born in Maryborough, Victoria
  • Jul 14 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', born in Pilsen, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 2019)
  • Jul 14 Sid Haig [Sidney Mosesian], American actor (House of 1000 Corpses, Jason of Star Command), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 14 George E. Slusser, American scholar, writer and Sci-Fic critic, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2014)
  • Jul 14 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, born in Sarajevo (d. 2017)
  • Jul 15 Haseeb Ahsan, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (12 Tests 1958-62)
  • Jul 15 Patrick Wayne, actor (Rounder, Shirley, Beyond Atlantis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 15 Ronald Hadfield, chief constable (West Midlands England)
  • Jul 15 William David Hellerman, composer
  • Jul 15 Don Kojis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1968, 69; Detroit Pistons, SD Rockets, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2021)
  • Jul 16 Corin Redgrave, British actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London (d. 2010)
  • Jul 16 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer
  • Jul 16 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster, born in Doncaster, West Riding
  • Jul 16 William Bell, American soul and R&B singer ("Tryin' To Love Two"), and songwriter ("Born Under a Bad Sign"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jul 16 Mariele Ventre, Italian choir director, born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (d. 1995)
  • Jul 16 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Jul 17 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Jul 17 Warwick Hutton, artist
  • Jul 17 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • Jul 17 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), born in Keelung, Taiwan (d. 2015)
  • Jul 18 Brian Auger, British rock and jazz-fusion session and touring keyboardist and Hammond organ player (Befour; Genesis), born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • Jul 18 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts - "A Teenager In Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 18 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (University of Michigan), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jul 18 Jerry Moore, American football player and coach, born in Bonham, Texas
  • Jul 20 Judy Chicago [Judith Cohen], American artist (Dinner Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 20 Jeanne Bice, American entrepreneur (Quacker Factory clothes), born in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • Jul 21 Kim Fowley, American rock vocalist, singer, producer (The Runaways), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Jul 21 John Negroponte, 1st United States Director of National Intelligence
  • Jul 22 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress
  • Jul 24 Barry [Norman] Malzberg, sci-fi author (Revelations, Beyond Apollo)
  • Jul 24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 24 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • Jul 25 Richard Akre Trythall, American composer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee

John Howard

Jul 26 John Howard, 25th Prime Minister of Australia (1996-2007), born in Earlwood, New South Wales, Australia

  • Jul 26 Wopko Jensma, South African poet and graphic designer, born in South Africa
  • Jul 27 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Jul 27 James McGee, British pathologist and professor (Morbid Anatomy at Oxford), born in Mossend, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Jul 27 James Victor, Dominican-American actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA), born in Santiago Province, Dominican Republic (d. 2016)
  • Jul 29 Annea Lockwood, American composer (Piano Burning), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Peter Bogdanovich

Jul 30 Peter Bogdanovich, American film director and producer (The Last Picture Show; Paper Moon), born in Kingston, New York (d. 2022) [1]

  • Jul 30 Tom Wilkes, American photographer, art director, poster and album cover designer (George Harrison; Rolling Stones; Carpenters, Sir Doug; Janis Joplin; Sandpipers), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2009)
  • Jul 31 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • Jul 31 John R. West, American rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • Jul 31 Roger Prideaux, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69), born in Chelsea, London
  • Jul 31 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1965; Gold Glove 1964), born in Cabimas, Venezuela
  • Jul 31 Norm Snead, American NFL quarterback (4-time Pro Bowl; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Halifax County, Virginia

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 2 Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
  • Jul 2 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
  • Jul 7 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), dies from heat stroke at 91
  • Jul 8 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Alphonse Mucha, Czech Nouveau painter and artist, dies at 78
  • Jul 15 Johon Mellanby, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 15 Percy Scott Worthington, architect, dies
  • Jul 16 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • Jul 18 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 19 Tom Hayward, English cricket batsman (35 Tests, 3 x 100; HS 137; Surrey CCC), dies at 68
  • Jul 19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (Curfew Must Not Ring) and writer, dies at 89
  • Jul 20 Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • Jul 26 Billy Murphy, New Zealand boxer (world featherweight champion 1890; first world champion in any class from NZ), dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Alexandre Stellio [Fructueux], Martinican biguine clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 54
  • Jul 28 William James Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic in Minnesota), dies at 78