What Happened in June 1939

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
  • Jun 1 1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
  • Jun 1 British submarine "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard
  • Jun 1 Retired German Colonel-general Gerd von Runstedt returns to service
  • Jun 3 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 3 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
  • Jun 6 NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • Jun 6 NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead
  • Jun 6 The ship MS St. Louis, carrying 907 Jewish refugees from Europe, begins sailing back to the continent after it was refused entry into America. Approximately a quarter of those on board would perish in the Holocaust.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 George VI and Elizabeth become the 1st king and queen of Britain to visit USA

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Jun 7 Cleveland Indians sets AL record of 16 inning game without striking out, however lose game 5-4 to NY Yankees
  • Jun 10 MGM cartoon character Barney Bear debuts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 King and Queen of England taste 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 12 43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Jun 12 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY
  • Jun 12 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
  • Jun 17 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 17 44th Men's French Championships: Don McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (7-5, 6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Jun 17 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • Jun 20 Test flight of 1st rocket plane using liquid propellants

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 22 Princes (future Queen) Elizabeth meets future husband Prince Philip of Greece (Midshipman Mountbatten, RN)

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jun 23 France turns over Sanjak of Alexandretta (Hatay) to Turkey
  • Jun 23 US Congress establishes US Coast Guard Reserve (renamed US Coast Guard Auxiliary 1941) as uniformed volunteer units supporting the Coast Guard
  • Jun 24 Pan Am's 1st US to England flight
  • Jun 27 1st night game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians 5, Tigers 0)
  • Jun 27 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
  • Jun 27 Headley scores a cricket century in each innings v England at Lord's

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 28 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 28 Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper)
  • Jun 28 Yanks hit 13 HRs, sweep A's 23-2 & 10-0
  • Jun 29 4th Dutch government of Colijn falls
  • Jun 29 Dixie Clipper completes 1st commercial plane flight to Europe
  • Jun 30 Heinkel He 176 rocket plane flies for 1st time, at Peenemunde

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Cleavon Little, actor (Blazing Saddles, Toy Soldiers), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1992)
  • Jun 2 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • Jun 3 David Frederick Stock, composer
  • Jun 3 Ian Hunter, English rock musician (Mott the Hoople), born in Oswestry, England
  • Jun 3 Steve Dalkowski, baseball player
  • Jun 4 Phil Linz, baseball shortstop (NY Yankees)

Person of interestJoe Clark

Jun 5 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • Jun 5 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • Jun 6 Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 6 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 6 Marian Wright-Edelman, American activist and health care president (Childrens Defense Fund), born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Jun 6 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement), born in Barberton, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • Jun 8 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), born in Wyco, West Virginia (d. 2017)
  • Jun 8 Herb Adderley, NFL hall of famer (Packers, Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 8 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 David Hobbs (auto racer)
  • Jun 9 Derek Hunt, CEO (MFI Furniture Group)
  • Jun 9 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano
  • Jun 9 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 10 Alexandra Stewart, actress (In Praise of Older Women), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 10 Guy Harwood, horse trainer
  • Jun 11 Barry Porter, British lawyer and Conservative Party politician (d. 1996)
  • Jun 11 Christina Crawford, American actress and author (Mommie Dearest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 11 Jackie Stewart, Scottish racing driver and sports announcer (27 Grand Prix), born in Milton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • Jun 11 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, born in Wolverhampton (d. 2017)
  • Jun 11 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 11 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jun 12 Francis McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Jun 12 Geoff Griffin, South African cricketer (South African quick, hat-trick & chuck v Eng 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2006)
  • Jun 13 Tom Cheek, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jun 14 Steny H Hoyer, (Rep-D-MD, 1981- )
  • Jun 14 John F. MacArthur, American evangelist
  • Jun 15 Ward Connerly, American political figure
  • Jun 15 Brian Jacques, British author
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 17 Dickey Do, [Gerry Granahan], rocker (Dickey Doo & The Dont's)
  • Jun 17 Donald Anderson, MP (Labour)
  • Jun 17 Hanna Johansen, writer
  • Jun 18 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)
  • Jun 18 Lynn Whiting, horse trainer
  • Jun 19 Peter Duffell, Brits lt-general/minister of Defense
  • Jun 19 Al Wilson, American singer (d. 2008)
  • Jun 20 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • Jun 20 R B Desai, cricketer (effective pace bowler for India in 60s)
  • Jun 21 Charles Boone, composer
  • Jun 21 Ruben Berrios, Puerto Rican politician
  • Jun 22 Bobby Harrison, England, rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)
  • Jun 22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • Jun 24 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 25 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), born in Philadelphia (d. 1997)
  • Jun 25 Allen Fox, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 26 Ansar Ilgamovich, Russian cosmonaut, born in Satka, Russia
  • Jun 26 Chuck [Charles] Robb, American politician, 64th Governor of Virginia, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jun 26 Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, South African Secretary-General (Bishops' Conference 1983-88), born in Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Jun 27 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s), born in Cheltenham, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2000)
  • Jun 27 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)
  • Jun 28 Klaus Schmiegel, German-American chemist (invented Prozac), born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Jun 29 Alan Connolly, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler through 60s), born in Skipton, Victoria, Australia
  • Jun 29 Ron Headley, West Indian cricketer (son of George, 2 Tests WI v England 1973), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jun 30 Eleanor Smeal, American cofounder of the Feminist Majority Foundation and president (National Organization for Women), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Jun 30 Lindembergue Cardoso, composer
  • Jun 30 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), born in Bristol, England (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 9 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (24) weds social worker Donna Lindsay

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 4 Tommy Ladnier, American musician (b. 1900)
  • Jun 5 Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies
  • Jun 5 Frank Van de Goes, writer/marxist theorist, dies
  • Jun 6 Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 9 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), commits suicide at 52
  • Jun 13 Arthur Coningham, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1894), dies
  • Jun 13 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • Jun 17 Eugene Weldman, the last person to be publicly guillotined in France, dies at 31. When asked if he had remorse for his victims he had killed, he replied, “Remorse, what for? I didn’t even know them”
  • Jun 17 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, dies at 46
  • Jun 18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • Jun 19 Grace Abbott, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • Jun 26 Ford M Ford, [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65