On This Day

What Happened on July 4, 1939

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Ed Bernard, American actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1939 Highlights

About July 4, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 1 month and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Cancer