On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1939

Historical Events


Historic PublicationBatman Appears!

Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27

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Cover page of Detective Comics #27, the first comic in which Batman appeared
Cover page of Detective Comics #27, the first comic in which Batman appeared
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  • Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles; US Open 1965, 75 3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestMax Robinson

Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
1939 Highlights

About May 1, 1939

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 7 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus