What Happened on September 13, 1939

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Janklow, American politician and four-term Governor of South Dakota (Republican: 1979-87, 1995-2003), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Elaine Delmar (neé Hutchinson), British jazz and cabaret singer and stage actress, born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England [some sources cite birthday as 9/01]
  • Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers; Marvin Gaye; Whitney Houston), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Larry Speakes, Acting White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)

Famous Deaths

  • Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
1939 Highlights

About September 13, 1939

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 4 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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