On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1939

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Adolf Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

Event of interestEvent 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? 82 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Gemini