On This Day

What Happened on October 11, 1939

Historical Events

Historic Event

Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb

  • Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again
  • NAACP organized Legal Defense & Education Fund

Theater Premiere

Samson Raphaelson's play "Skylark" starring Gertrude Lawrence premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Franklin Sonn, South African union leader (South African workers), born in Vosburg, South Africa

Maria Bueno

Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2018)

  • Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, born in Brzesc, Poland (d. 1995)

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage

1939 Highlights

About October 11, 1939

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 1 month and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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