On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1939

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

"All the Things You Are" recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Pope Pius XII publishes his 1st encyclical Summi pontificatus

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII

Famous Birthdays

  • Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
1939 Highlights

About October 20, 1939

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 6 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Libra