What Happened on October 2, 1939

Historical Events

  • Prototype for the Ilyushin Il-2, world's most-produced military airplane designed by Sergey Ilyushin, takes it first flight. Over 36,000 made for Soviet airforce in WWII.
  • Revival of Sidney Howard's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1924 stage drama "They Knew What They Wanted", opens at the Empire Theatre, NYC; runs for 24 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Budhi Kunderan, Indian cricket wicketkeeper and batsman (18 Tests; 2 x 100s), born in Mulki, Karnataka (d. 2006)
  • Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love"), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2010)
  • Özcan Arkoç, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; Hamburger SV) and manager (Hamburger SV, Hannover 96), born in Hayrabolu, Turkey (d. 2021)
  • Yury Glazkov, Soviet Air Force officer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 24), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
Born in 1939

Famous Weddings

  • American composer Bernard Herrmann (28) weds American screenwriter Lucille Fletcher (27) in New York City; divorce in 1948

About October 2, 1939

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 11 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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