On This Day

What Happened on June 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

French Championship Men's Tennis: American collegiate champion Don McNeill beats countryman 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
  • Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre

Famous Birthdays

  • Donald Anderson, British Labour Party politician, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Hanna Johansen, Swiss writer, born in Bremen, Germany
  • James Gadson, American drummer and session musician, born in Kansas City, Missouri

Famous Deaths

  • Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, dies at 46
  • 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”