On This Day

What Happened on September 5, 1939

Historical Events

Historic Event

FDR declares US neutrality at start of WW II in Europe

  • International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Haverford, PA: John Bromwich beats American Frank Parker 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 to give Australia the title, 3-2

Historic Event

J. B. M. Hertzog resigns as South African Prime Minister after losing a vote in parliament on neutrality in WWII

Historic Event

New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage declares New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany; Savage famously told the nation 'where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand'


Famous Birthdays

  • Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • Donna Anderson [Knaflich], American actress (On the Beach), born in Gunnison, Gunnison County Colorado
  • George Lazenby, Australian actor (OHMSS-James Bond), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • John Stewart, American singer (Kingston Trio, 1961-67), and songwriter ("Daydream Believer"), born in San Diego, California

Famous Deaths

  • Cornelis J "Cor" van Ast, Dutch actor and director (Ghost Hotel, Two Boys), dies at 67
1939 Highlights

About September 5, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 2 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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