What Happened on May 13, 1939

Historical Events

  • 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • SS St Louis departs Hamburg, Germany with 937 Jewish refugees, bound for Havana, Cuba; authorities refused to admit them, and most of the passengers returned to Europe [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Cobey, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-87), born in Washington D.C.
  • Harvey Keitel, American actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), born in New York City
  • Hildrun Laufer-Claus, German long jumper, born in Dresden, Germany
Born in 1939

Famous Deaths

  • Stanislaw Lesniewski, Polish logician and mathematician (Warsaw School of Logic), dies at 53
  • Wilhelm Normann, German chemist (hydrogenated liquid fat creating trans fat), dies at 69

About May 13, 1939

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 84 years and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus