Historical Events for Year 1939

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Jan 1st - Sydney, Australia, swelters in 45 ˚C (113 ˚F) heat, a record for the city.
Jan 2nd - Bradman scores 107 SA v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century
Jan 3rd - Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives
Jan 4th - Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school
Jan 4th - Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration
Jan 6th - Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts
Jan 7th - US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)
Jan 10th - Bradman hits 186 SA v Qld before Christ catches him at short-leg
Jan 13th - Belgian premier signs Burgos-treaty for trade relations with Franco
Jan 13th - The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman Jan 14th - All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends
Jan 14th - Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
Jan 15th - 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
Jan 15th - Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
Jan 17th - Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
Jan 18th - SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW
Jan 19th - Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec
Jan 20th - Charles Ives' 1st Sonate "Concord," premieres
Playwright Moss HartPlaywright Moss Hart Jan 21st - George Kaufman & Moss Hart's "American Way," premieres in NYC
Jan 21st - US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
Jan 21st - US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
Jan 22nd - Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, SF, is dedicated
Jan 24th - 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile
Jan 24th - Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame
Jan 24th - Spanish government moves to Figueras
Jan 25th - Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe LouisBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis Jan 25th - Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
Jan 26th - Federal Hall National Monument established
Jan 26th - Filming begins on "Gone With the Wind"
Jan 26th - Franco conquers Barcelona
Jan 27th - First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
Jan 30th - Hitler threatens the Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (parliament)
Jan 30th - Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile
Feb 4th - Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort
Feb 6th - Spanish government flees to France
Feb 9th - Belgian Spaak government falls
Feb 14th - Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of Gone With the Wind
Director Victor FlemingDirector Victor Fleming Feb 15th - German battleship Bismarck was launched
Feb 15th - Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes," premieres in NYC
Feb 17th - Katwijk soccer team forms
Feb 18th - Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island
Feb 21st - Belgian government of Pierlot forms
Feb 22nd - Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain
Feb 23rd - Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
Feb 23rd - 11th Academy Awards - "You Can’t Take It With You," Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins
Feb 24th - Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston
Feb 25th - 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
Actress Bette DavisActress Bette Davis Feb 27th - Belgian government of Pierlot falls
Feb 27th - English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire
Feb 27th - France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
Feb 27th - Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
Feb 28th - Great-Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain
Feb 28th - The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik is published.
Feb 28th - The erroneous word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
Mar 1st - Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.
Mar 2nd - Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
Mar 2nd - Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi Mar 3rd - In Mumbai (Bombay), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest against autocratic rule in India.
Mar 7th - Glamour magazine begins publishing
Mar 7th - Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
Mar 8th - Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowan's "Family Portrait" premieres
Mar 10th - 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad India
Mar 12th - Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
Mar 14th - England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
Mar 14th - Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia
Mar 15th - Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independent
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler Mar 16th - Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
Mar 16th - Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
Mar 16th - NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
Mar 17th - Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
Mar 20th - 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
Mar 21st - Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
Mar 22nd - Lithuania state, forced to give Memel territory to Germany
Mar 25th - Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart
Mar 27th - 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33
Mar 28th - Dutch hunter shoots down British bombers
Mar 28th - Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story" premieres in NYC
Mar 28th - Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
Spanish Dictator and General Francisco FrancoSpanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco Mar 28th - Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco
Mar 30th - The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets the world airspeed record of 463 mph.
Mar 30th - First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.
Mar 31st - Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
Mar 31st - "The Hound of Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson for the first time, is released
Apr 1st - US recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war. Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain
Actor Basil RathboneActor Basil Rathbone Apr 2nd - 6th Golf Masters Championship: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
Apr 4th - Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
Apr 5th - Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory
Apr 6th - Great Britain & Poland sign military pact
Apr 6th - US & UK agree on joint control of Canton & Enderbury Is (Pacific)
Apr 7th - Italy invades Albania
Apr 8th - ACV soccer team forms in Axes
Apr 8th - King Zog I of Albania flees
Apr 9th - Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial
Apr 10th - Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
Apr 10th - Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
Apr 11th - Hungary leaves League of Nations
Apr 13th - W Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands" premieres in NYC
Apr 13th - In India, the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.
Author John SteinbeckAuthor John Steinbeck Apr 14th - John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published
Apr 15th - Albert Lebrun elected president of France
Apr 16th - Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact
Apr 16th - Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
Apr 17th - Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
Apr 17th - SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC
Apr 17th - Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact
Apr 18th - Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
Apr 18th - Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Apr 19th - 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
Apr 19th - Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
Apr 20th - Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double
Apr 23rd - 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
Apr 23rd - Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR
Apr 28th - Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect
Apr 29th - Whitestone Bridge connecting Bronx & Queens opens
Apr 30th - New York World's Fair opens
Apr 30th - NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt Apr 30th - Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms
May 1st - Batman comics hit street
May 1st - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
May 2nd - Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2
May 3rd - The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
May 5th - Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
May 6th - 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
May 6th - 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
May 7th - Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
Baseball Player Lou GehrigBaseball Player Lou Gehrig May 9th - Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
May 13th - 65th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
May 13th - SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives
May 14th - Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
May 16th - 1st AL night game, Phila Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
May 16th - Food stamps are 1st issued
May 17th - 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
May 19th - Churchill signs British-Russian anti-Nazi pact
May 20th - "3 Little Fishies" by Kay Kyser swam to #1
May 20th - 1st regular transatlantic airmail (Pan Am: NY to Marsseille France)
Italian Dictator Benito MussoliniItalian Dictator Benito Mussolini May 22nd - Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"
May 23rd - British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
May 23rd - Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad
May 23rd - Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
May 23rd - Submarine Squalis sank off Portsmouth NH, 26 die
May 25th - Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
May 30th - Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:20:47.412 (185.131 km/h)
Jun 1st - 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
Jun 1st - 1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
Jun 1st - British submarine "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard
Jun 1st - Retired German Col-gen Gerd von Runstedt returns to service
Jun 3rd - 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
Jun 3rd - Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
Jun 6th - NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
Jun 6th - NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead

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