What Happened on September 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

Sport awardTennis Open

53rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (6-0, 8-10, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble

Sport awardTennis Open

59th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats Welby van Horn (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die
  • Poland's President Ignacy Mościck and Prime Minister Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski flee to Romania
  • Soviet Union invades Eastern Poland, taking 217,000 Poles prisoner
  • Taisto Mäki becomes the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6

Famous Birthdays

  • David H Souter, Weir NH, 107th Supreme Court Justice (1990- )
  • Joseph Mosikili, South African actor/singer
  • Lamonte McLemore, rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Shelby Flint, American singer