On This Day

What Happened on November 9, 1939

Historical Events

  • Nobel Prize for physics awarded to American Ernest Lawrence for his invention of the cyclotron

Film release premierFilm Premier

Romantic comedy film "Ninotchka" directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Greta Garbo premieres

Actress Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
  • Venlo-incident: German Abwehr kills 2 British agents

Famous Birthdays

  • Marco Bellocchio, Italian film director (The Conviction), born in Bobbio, Italy
  • Paul Cameron, American psychologist and sex researcher, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr
1939 Highlights

About November 9, 1939

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 11 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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