Historical Events in 1939 (Part 3)

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  • Dec 9 Pianist and statesman Ignacy Paderewski becomes Chief of National Council of Poland (government in exile)
  • Dec 9 Russian air raid on Helsinki
  • Dec 10 KNVB celebrates 50th anniversary

NFL Championship

Dec 10 National Football League Championship, Dairy Bowl, West Allis, Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 27-0; Packers 5th title

  • Dec 12 Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
  • Dec 13 Battle of the River Plate - 3 British cruisers vs German pocket battleship Graf Spee
  • Dec 14 Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union

Film Premiere

Dec 15 "Gone With The Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

  • Dec 15 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware
  • Dec 15 Dutch airplane the 'Snip' rFokker F.XVIII)departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo and Curacao

Sports History

Dec 16 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

  • Dec 17 German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay
  • Dec 18 Finnish army recaptures Agläjärvi (Karelia)
  • Dec 19 Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa
  • Dec 20 Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service

Appointment of Interest

Dec 21 Adolf Hitler names Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B", responsible for evictions and Jewish immigration

  • Dec 22 Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
  • Dec 22 Freight train and passenger train head-on collision kills 101 at Markdorf, Germany
  • Dec 22 Genthin, Germany rail disaster - 186 die in train wreck as an express has a rear-end collision with a train stopped at the station
  • Dec 23 Finnish counter offensive at Summa
  • Dec 23 South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland

Historic Event

Dec 24 World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.

  • Dec 25 Grimmett & Ward rip through Qld except Bill Brown (156)
  • Dec 25 Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th red-nosed reindeer
  • Dec 26 Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey
  • Dec 26 Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels
  • Dec 27 1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)
  • Dec 27 Between 20,000 and 40,000 die in magnitude 8 earthquake in Erzincam, Turkey
  • Dec 29 First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber prototype

Film Release

Dec 30 "Of Mice and Men", starring Burgess Meredith as George, Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie, is released

  • Dec 30 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century
  • Dec 30 O'Reilly takes 14-45 (8-23 & 6-22) as NSW crush Qld in 2 days
  • Dec 31 Dutch national debt hits ƒ4,218,553,180.99