On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1939

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Germany annexes Western Poland
  • NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win

Famous Birthdays

  • Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1989)
  • Elvīra Ozoliņa, Soviet javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad
  • Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Paul Hogan, Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack), born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia