January 26 - Spanish Civil War: Troops loyal to Francisco Franco and aided by Italy
February 27 - Sit-down strikes are outlawed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
March 2 - Pius XII becomes Pope.
March 3 - In Bombay, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule
March 15 - German troops occupy the remaining part of Bohemia and Moravia;
Czechoslovakia ceases to exist.
March 16 - Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.
March 22 - Germany takes Memel from Lithuania.
March 28 - Dictator Francisco Franco conquers Madrid, ending the Spanish Civil War.
April 4 - Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
April 7 - Italy invades Albania.
May 22 - Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
June 4 - Holocaust: The SS St. Louis, a ship carrying a cargo of 963 Jewish refugees, is
denied permission to land in Florida after already having been turned away from Cuba.
Forced to return to Europe, most of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.
July 4 - The concentration camp Neuengamme becomes autonomous.
July 6 - Holocaust: The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed.
August 23 - Hitler and Stalin divide eastern Europe between themselves. Finland, the Baltic
states and eastern Poland to the USSR. Western Poland to Germany (Molotov-Ribbentrop
August 27 - A Heinkel 178, the first jet-powered aircraft, flies for the last time.
September 1 - World War II: Polish September Campaign - Nazi Germany attacks
Poland, beginning the war.
September 3 - World War II: France, Australia and the United Kingdom declare war
September 5 - World War II: The United States declares its neutrality in the war.
September 6 - World War II: South Africa declares war on Germany.
September 10 - Canada declares war on Germany.
September 17 - Soviet Union invades Poland and then occupies eastern Polish territories.
September 27 - Warsaw surrenders to Germany; Modlin surrenders day later; last Polish
large operational unit surrenders near Kock eight days later.
October 8 - World War II: Germany annexes Western Poland.
October 11 - Manhattan Project: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt is presented
with a letter signed by Albert Einstein urging the United States to rapidly develop the
October 15 - The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed La Guardia Airport)
November 4 - World War II: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States
Customs Service to implement the Neutrality Act of 1939, allowing cash-and-carry purchases
of weapons by belligerents.
November 6 - The Hedda Hopper Show debuts with Hollywood gossip Hedda Hopper
as host (the show ran until 1951 and made Hopper a powerful figure in the
November 8 - Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
November 8 - In Munich, Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes an assassination attempt
while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.
November 15 - In Washington, DC, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the
cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.
November 30 - Winter War begins: Soviet forces invade Finland and reach the
Mannerheim Line, starting the war.
December 2 - La Guardia Airport opens for business in New York City.
December 14 The USSR was expelled from League of Nations because of attacking Finland.
December 25 - A Christmas Carol was read before a radio audience for the first time.Unknown dates
Batman created by Bob Kane.
Nuclear fission discovered independently by Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn.
Kirlian photography invented by Semyon Kirlian.
Siam changes its name to Thailand.
A logging crew sets off a second forest fire in the Tillamook Burn, which destroys
190,000 acres (769 km²).Ongoing events
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).
Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).Year in topic
1939 in film
August 12 - The Wizard of Oz.
December 15 - Gone With the Wind premiers in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Smith Goes
to Washington starring Jimmy Stewart.
Of Mice and Men.
1939 in music
January 18 - Louis Armstrong records "Jeepers Creepers."
Frequency modulation (FM) is invented.
1939 in sports
July 4 - Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tells a
crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considered himself "The luckiest man on the face
of the earth" as he announces his retirement from Major League Baseball.
1939 in television
April - television demonstrations are held at the World's Fair in New York and the
Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco.
April 30 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, appearing at the World's Fair, becomes the
first U.S. president to give a speech that is broadcast on television.
May 17 - The first baseball game (Princeton-Columbia) is broadcast on
television, from Baker Field in New York. Bill Stern was the announcer.
June 1 - The first heavyweight boxing match is televised, Max Baer vs Lou Nova, form
August 26 - The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a double-header between
the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn.
September 1 - As World War II began, BBC television abruptly stopped its broadcasting
in the middle of a Mickey Mouse cartoon (The BBC would resume its broadcasting at that
same point after the war in 1945).
The DuMont company begins producing consumer television sets.
September 30 - The first televised college football game, Fordham vs Waynesburg,
at Randall's Island, New York.
October 22 - The first NFL game is televised. The Brooklyn Dodgers vs Philadelphia
Eagles at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.Births
Januaty - Jurjen van den Houten
January 3 - Bobby Hull
, hockey player.
January 10 - Sal Mineo
, actor (d. 1976).
January 10 - Bill Toomey
, track and field athlete.
January 11 - Ann Heggtveit
, world and 1960 Winter Olympics ski champion.
January 17 - Maury Povich
, talk show host.
January 19 - Phil Everly
, musician and singer.
January 21 - Wolfman Jack
, disk jockey, actor (d. 1995).
January 22 - Ray Stevens
, country music musician.
January 24 - Doug Kershaw
January 29 - Germaine Greer
, writer, feminist.
February 6 - Mike Farrell
February 10 - Roberta Flack
February 11 - Jane Hyatt Yolen
, science fiction author.
February 12 - Ray Manzarek
February 23 - Peter Fonda
February 28 - Erika Pluhar
, actress and singer.
February 28 - Tommy Tune
, dancer, choreographer, actor.
March 1 - Warren Davis
, The Monotones.
March 13 - Neil Sedaka
March 19 - Joe Kapp
, American football star.
March 20 - Brian Mulroney
, eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada.
March 26 - James Caan
March 27 - Cale Yarborough
, NASCAR racer.
March 31 - Zviad Gamsakhurdia
, scientist and writer, first President of the Republic
of Georgia (d. 1993).
March 31 - Volker Schlöndorff
, film director.
April 2 - Marvin Gaye
, singer (d. 1984).
April 4 - Hugh Masakela
April 7 - Francis Ford Coppola
, American film director.
April 7 - Sir David Frost
, broadcaster, television host.
May 7 - Ruud Lubbers
, politician and Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
May 7 - Jimmy Ruffin
May 9 - Ralph Boston
May 13 - Harvey Keitel
May 18 - Hark Bohm
, film director.
May 19 - Livio Berruti
, Italian athlete.
May 19 - Dick Scobee
, astronaut (d. 1986).
May 23 - Reinhard Hauff
, film director.
May 25 - Ian McKellen
May 29 - Al Unser
, race car driver.
May 30 - Michael J. Pollard
June 6 - Louis Andriessen
, Dutch composer.
June 7 - Roelof Odinot
June 9 - Dick Vitale
, basketball broadcaster.
June 11 - Jackie Stewart
, Formula One racing driver.
June 28 - Willem Frederik Geerhold
July 14 - George E. Slusser
, American scholar, professor & writer.
July 26 - John Howard
, twenty-fifth Prime Minister of Australia.
July 26 - Bob Lilly
, NFL football player.
August 5 - Princess Irene
of the Netherlands.
August 13 - Abraham (Bram) Joppe
August 21 - Leigje van den Houten
August 22 - Carl Yastrzemski
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
August 29 - Joel Schumacher
, film producer, director.
August 30 - Miep van den Houten
August 30 - John Peel
, Radio 1 DJ.
September 6 - Brigid Berlin
, actor and artist.
September 16 - Breyten Breytenbach
, South African poet, writer and painter.
September 23 - Janusz Gajos
, Polish actor.
September 30 - Len Cariou
, Tony Award winning stage actor/singer.
October 7 - John Hopcroft
, American theoretical computer scientist.
October 14 - Ralph Lauren
, American fashion designer.
October 24 - F. Murray Abraham
October 31 - Ron Rifkin
November 21 - Mulayam Singh Yadav
, politician, India.
November 23 - Bill Bissett
, Canadian anti-conventional poet.
13 December - Ruurd Feenstra
December 18 - Michael Moorcock
, English science fiction author.Deaths
January 24 - Maximilian Bircher-Benner
, Swiss physician and Muesli inventor.
January 28 - William Butler Yeats
February 10 - Pope Pius XI
February 11 - Franz Schmidt
, Austrian composer.
February 12 - S. P. L. Sørensen
, Danish chemist.
March 19 - Adrianus de Voogd
March 19 - Lloyd L. Gaines
, American civil rights activist.
April 4 - Cornelis van den Houten
April 7 - Joseph Lyons
, tenth Prime Minister of Australia.
June 4 - Tommy Ladnier
, jazz musician (b. 1900).
June 17 - Eugen Weidmann
, last public guillotine execution in France.
July 14 - Zoetje Kool
August 1 - Jan Adriaan Machiel Heijt
August 2 - Harvey Spencer Lewis
, F.R.C., Rosicrucian mysticist and Imperator of AMORC.
August 4 - Bastiaantje Tholenaars
August 28 - Jan Roos
October 7 - Harvey Cushing
, American neurosurgeon (b. 1869).
October 24 - Neeltje Maria Bakker
November 12 - Norman Bethune
, Canadian humanitarian.
November 28 - James Naismith
, inventor of basketball.
December 3 - Princess Louise
, Duchess of Argyll, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.
December 22 - Adrianus van Vliet
December 22 - Ma Rainey
, blues singer (b. 1886).
December 23 - Anthony Fokker
, aircraft manufacturer.To my Homepage