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.
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
Cricket Legend Donald Bradman 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 Sonata "Concord" premieres
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
Jan 25th - Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
Jan 25th - 1st nuclear fission experiment (splitting of a uranium atom) in the US, in basement of Pupin Hall, Columbia University by a team including Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi 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 film "Gone With the Wind"
Feb 15th - German battleship Bismarck was launched
Feb 15th - Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes," premieres in NYC
Director Victor Fleming 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
Feb 27th - Belgian government of Pierlot falls
Feb 27th - Borley Rectory, "the most haunted house in England", destroyed in a fire
Feb 27th - France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
Actress Bette Davis 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
Mar 3rd - In Mumbai (Bombay), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest against autocratic rule in India.
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi 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
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.
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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
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
Actor Basil Rathbone 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
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
Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco 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.
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
Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Apr 18th - Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government
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 the New York boroughs of 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
Apr 30th - Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms
May 1st - Batman comics hit street
May 1st - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
Baseball Player Lou Gehrig 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
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 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 23rd - Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26 men immediately. The 33 remaining crew are rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems to prevent the cognitive impairment usually associated with deep dives. The rescue divers are later awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery.
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