On This Day

Historical Events in May 1939

  • May 1 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)

Sports History

May 2 New York Yankee Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Detroit Tigers 22-2

  • May 3 The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Subhash Chandra Bose
  • May 6 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • May 7 Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • May 13 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • May 13 SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jewish fugitives
  • May 14 Lina Medina of Peru becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five
  • May 16 1st AL night game, Philadelphia Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
  • May 16 US food stamps are 1st issued in Rochester, New York
  • May 17 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • May 20 "3 Little Fishies" by Kay Kyser swam to #1
  • May 20 1st regular transatlantic airmail (Pan Am: NY to Marsseille France)
  • May 23 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

Appointment of Interest

May 23 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

Historic Event

May 23 Adolf Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

  • May 23 Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26, 33 remaining crew rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems (divers later awarded the Medal of Honor)
  • May 25 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Reigning champion Floyd Roberts is killed in crash on lap 109; Wilbur Shaw wins his second of 3 Indy 500 titles