What Happened on May 23, 1939

Historical Events

Historic Event

Adolf Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

  • British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

Appointment of Interest

Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

  • Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26, 33 remaining crew rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems (divers later awarded the Medal of Honor)

Famous Birthdays

  • Marvin Stamm, American jazz and session trumpeter, and flugelhorn player (Stan Kenton; Woody Herman; Thad Jones/Mel Lewis; Paul McCartney - "Uncle Albert"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
1939 Highlights

About May 23, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 8 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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