On This Day

What Happened on May 19, 1939

Famous Birthdays

  • Dick Scobee, American pilot and astronaut (STS 41C, killed commanding Space Shuttle Challenger), born in Cle Elum, Washington (d. 1986)
  • Henry Herbert, 17th earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily) (d. 2003)
  • James Fox, English actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), born in Jelgava, Latvia (d. 2020)
  • Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
  • Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
1939 Highlights

About May 19, 1939

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus