On This Day

What Happened on November 12, 1939

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Jews in Lodz Poland ordered to wear yellow star of David

Famous Birthdays

  • Lucia Popp, Slovakian soprano (d. 1993)
  • Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], US R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics), born in Akron, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), dies at 59