Year 1939 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 30 Adolf Hitler threatens Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (Parliament)
  • Mar 3 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai (Bombay) to protest against autocratic rule in India
  • Mar 17 Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out (Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945)
  • Mar 28 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to the Nationalists headed by Francisco Franco
  • May 7 Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • May 22 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel" in Berlin, Germany
  • Sep 1 World War II starts when Germany invades Poland by attacking the Free City of Danzig
  • Sep 3 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
  • Sep 14 World’s 1st practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky takes (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut
  • Sep 28 German-Soviet Frontier Treaty is signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov; redraws German and Soviet spheres of influence in central Europe and transfers most of Lithuania to the USSR
  • Oct 6 Adolf Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem
  • Dec 27 Between 20,000 and 40,000 die in magnitude 8 earthquake in Erzincam, Turkey
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