Historical Events in October 1939

  • Oct 1 After a one-month Siege of Warsaw, hostile forces entered the city.

Historic Event

Oct 1 Winston Churchill calls Russia a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"

  • Oct 3 Lemmer-Urk Dike closes
  • Oct 4 Last Polish troops surrender

Historic Event

Oct 6 Adolf Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem

  • Oct 6 Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France and Britain
  • Oct 6 Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.
  • Oct 8 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 7-3 at Crosley Field for 4-0 sweep; Yankees 4th straight WS title
  • Oct 8 Germany annexes Western Poland

Historic Event

Oct 11 Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb

  • Oct 11 Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again
  • Oct 11 NAACP organized Legal Defense & Education Fund

Theater Premiere

Oct 11 Samson Raphaelson's play "Skylark" starring Gertrude Lawrence premieres in NYC

  • Oct 14 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed
  • Oct 14 German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed
  • Oct 15 LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC
  • Oct 15 Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years

Music History

Oct 16 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 739 performances

  • Oct 16 Sugar rationing begins in Netherlands

Film Release

Oct 17 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Music Premiere

Oct 18 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Oct 19 Hermann Goering begins plunder through Nazi's occupied areas

Music History

Oct 20 "All the Things You Are" recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Catholic Encyclical

Oct 20 Pope Pius XII publishes his 1st encyclical Summi pontificatus

  • Oct 22 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field
  • Oct 24 Nylon stockings go on sale for first time (Wilmington, Delaware)
  • Oct 25 William Saroyan's "Time of Your Life" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service
  • Oct 28 Anti-German demonstrations and strikes in Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 28 Spitfire shoots German Heinkel-111 down above Scotland
  • Oct 29 Golden Gate International Exposition closes (1st closure)
  • Oct 29 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3
  • Oct 30 German U boat fails on attack of English battleship Nelson with Winston Churchill, Dudley Pound & Charles Forbes aboard
  • Oct 30 USSR & Germany agree on partitioning Poland, Adolf Hitler deports Jews