April 1939 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 US recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war. Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Apr 4 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
  • Apr 5 Membership of Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
  • Apr 6 Great Britain & Poland sign military pact
  • Apr 6 US & UK agree on joint control of Canton & Enderbury Is (Pacific)
  • Apr 7 Italy invades Albania
  • Apr 8 King Zog I of Albania flees
  • Apr 10 Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
  • Apr 10 Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
  • Apr 11 Hungary leaves League of Nations
  • Apr 13 W Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 13 The Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published

  • Apr 15 Albert Lebrun elected president of France

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 16 Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Apr 17 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact
  • Apr 18 Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
  • Apr 18 Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
  • Apr 19 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
  • Apr 23 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 28 Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Apr 29 Whitestone Bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Bronx and Queens opens
  • Apr 30 New York World's Fair opens
  • Apr 30 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 2 Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
  • Apr 5 Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • Apr 6 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • Apr 7 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 10 Daniel Oliver, American CEO (Federal Trade Commission), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Alan Ayckbourn, playwright, born in London, England
  • Apr 13 Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 13 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • Apr 13 Wijnie Jabaaij, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Apr 16 Margaretha de Boer, Dutch minister (PvdA)
  • Apr 16 Reinier Lucassen, Dutch painter (Kuifje contra James Union)
  • Apr 18 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge
  • Apr 19 E Clay Shaw Jr, (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007 ), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • Apr 20 Peter S. Beagle, American author
  • Apr 21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • Apr 22 John Chilcot, civil servant
  • Apr 22 John Foley, Bristish Lieutenant General
  • Apr 23 William Hagerty, editor (People)
  • Apr 25 Richard earl of Lichfield, English photographer
  • Apr 25 Veronica Sutherland, British diplomat
  • Apr 25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • Apr 26 Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
  • Apr 27 Judy Carne, English comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish Cardinal
  • Apr 30 Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Dutch Princess Margriet

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 2 Author Jacqueline Susann (20) weds Irving Mansfield at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia

Deaths in History

  • Apr 6 Robert Courtneidge, British theater producer, dies
  • Apr 7 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • Apr 10 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 SS Van Dine, [William Huntingdon Wright], detective writer, dies at 50