On This Day

What Happened on June 6, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Gary U.S. Bonds [Gary Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Marian Wright-Edelman, American activist and health care president (Childrens Defense Fund), born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement), born in Barberton, South Africa (d. 1997)

Famous Deaths

  • Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65