On This Day

What Happened in July 1939

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 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

Sport awardWimbledon 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

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jul 15 Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight

Sport awardPGA 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

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 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 NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
  • 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)
  • 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 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 Sisters), 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 and writer
  • 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 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), born in Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2018)
  • Jul 16 Corin Redgrave, Brtish 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 singer (Tryin' to Love Two), 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), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jul 17 Warwick Hutton, artist
  • Jul 17 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • Jul 18 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-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 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

Person of interestJohn Howard

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

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • Jul 26 Wopko Jensma, South African poet and graphic designer, born in South Africa
  • Jul 27 Irv Cross, American NFL sportscaster (CBS-TV), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 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 28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • Jul 29 Annea Lockwood, composer
  • Jul 30 Peter Bogdanovich, American director and producer (Last Picture Show), born in Kingston, New York
  • Jul 31 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • Jul 31 John R. West, 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 cricketer (35 Tests for England, 1999 runs), 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 28 William James Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic in Minnesota), dies at 78