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January 02, 1939    

Bradman scores 107 SA v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century

  
  
  
  
January 03, 1939    

Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives

  
  
  
  
January 04, 1939    

Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school

  
  
  
  
January 04, 1939    

Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

  
  
  
  
January 07, 1939    

US worker's union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)

  
  
  
  
January 10, 1939    

Bradman hits 186 SA v Qld before Christ catches him at short-leg

  
  
  
  
January 13, 1939    

Belgian premier signs Burgos-treaty for trade relations with Franco

  
  
  
  
January 14, 1939    

All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends

  
  
  
  
January 14, 1939    

Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica

  
  
  
  
January 15, 1939    

1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field

  
  
  
  
January 15, 1939    

Municipal Railway & Market St RR begin service to Transbay Terminal

  
  
  
  
January 16, 1939    

Comic strip Superman debuts

  
  
  
  
January 17, 1939    

Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert

  
  
  
  
January 18, 1939    

SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW

  
  
  
  
January 19, 1939    

Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec

  
  
  
  
January 20, 1939    

Charles Ives' 1st Sonate Concord, premieres

  
  
  
  
January 20, 1939    

Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews

  
  
  
  
January 21, 1939    

George Kaufman & Moss Hart's American Way, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
January 21, 1939    

US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer

  
  
  
  
January 21, 1939    

US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

  
  
  
  
January 22, 1939    

Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, SF, is dedicated

  
  
  
  
January 22, 1939    

Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University

  
  
  
  
January 24, 1939    

30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile

  
  
  
  
January 24, 1939    

Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

  
  
  
  
January 24, 1939    

Spanish govt moves to Figueras

  
  
  
  
January 25, 1939    

Earthquake hits Chill n Chile, 10,000 killed

  
  
  
  
January 25, 1939    

Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

  
  
  
  
January 26, 1939    

Federal Hall National Monument established

  
  
  
  
January 26, 1939    

Filming begins on Gone With the Wind

  
  
  
  
January 26, 1939    

Franco conquers Barcelona

  
  
  
  
January 30, 1939    

Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile

  
  
  
  
January 30, 1939    

Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews

  
  
  
  
February 04, 1939    

Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort

  
  
  
  
February 06, 1939    

Spanish govt flees to France

  
  
  
  
February 09, 1939    

Belgian Spaak govt falls

  
  
  
  
February 14, 1939    

Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of Gone With the Wind

  
  
  
  
February 15, 1939    

German battleship Bismarck was launched

  
  
  
  
February 15, 1939    

Lillian Hellman's Little Foxes, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
February 17, 1939    

Katwijk soccer team forms

  
  
  
  
February 18, 1939    

Golden Gate International Exposition opens on Treasure Island

  
  
  
  
February 21, 1939    

Belgian govt of Pierlot forms

  
  
  
  
February 22, 1939    

Netherlands recognizes Franco-regime in Spain

  
  
  
  
February 23, 1939    

Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

  
  
  
  
February 24, 1939    

Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston

  
  
  
  
February 25, 1939    

1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden

  
  
  
  
February 27, 1939    

Belgian govt of Pierlot falls

  
  
  
  
February 27, 1939    

English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire

  
  
  
  
February 27, 1939    

France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain

  
  
  
  
February 27, 1939    

Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes

  
  
  
  
February 28, 1939    

Great-Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain

  
  
  
  
March 02, 1939    

Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII

  
  
  
  
March 02, 1939    

Mass Legislature votea to ratify the Bill of Rights - 147 years late

  
  
  
  
March 07, 1939    

Glamour magazine begins publishing

  
  
  
  
March 07, 1939    

Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record Auld Lang Syne

  
  
  
  
March 08, 1939    

Lenore Coffee & William Joyce Cowan's Family Portrait, premieres

  
  
  
  
March 10, 1939    

17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad India

  
  
  
  
March 12, 1939    

Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies

  
  
  
  
March 14, 1939    

England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day

  
  
  
  
March 14, 1939    

Nazi Germany dissolves Republic of Czechoslovakia

  
  
  
  
March 15, 1939    

Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independ

  
  
  
  
March 16, 1939    

Germany occupies Czechoslovakia

  
  
  
  
March 16, 1939    

Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine

  
  
  
  
March 16, 1939    

NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period

  
  
  
  
March 20, 1939    

7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania

  
  
  
  
March 21, 1939    

Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland

  
  
  
  
March 22, 1939    

Lithuania state, forced to give Memel territory to Germany

  
  
  
  
March 25, 1939    

Billboard Magazine introduces hillbilly (country) music chart

  
  
  
  
March 27, 1939    

1st NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33

  
  
  
  
March 28, 1939    

Dutch hunter shoots English bombers down

  
  
  
  
March 28, 1939    

Philip Barry's Philadelphia Story, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
March 28, 1939    

Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship

  
  
  
  
March 28, 1939    

Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco

  
  
  
  
March 31, 1939    

Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany

  
  
  
  
April 01, 1939    

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

  
  
  
  
April 02, 1939    

6th Golf Masters Championship: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279

  
  
  
  
April 04, 1939    

Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq

  
  
  
  
April 05, 1939    

Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory

  
  
  
  
April 06, 1939    

Great Britain & Poland sign military pact

  
  
  
  
April 06, 1939    

US & UK agree on joint control of Canton & Enderbury Is (Pacific)

  
  
  
  
April 07, 1939    

Italy invades Albania

  
  
  
  
April 08, 1939    

ACV soccer team forms in Axes

  
  
  
  
April 08, 1939    

King Zog I of Albania, flees

  
  
  
  
April 09, 1939    

Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial

  
  
  
  
April 10, 1939    

Colijn's Dutch govt opens camp Westerbork for German Jews

  
  
  
  
April 10, 1939    

Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania

  
  
  
  
April 11, 1939    

Hungary leaves League of Nations

  
  
  
  
April 13, 1939    

W Saroyan's My Heart's in the Highlands, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
April 14, 1939    

John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath published

  
  
  
  
April 15, 1939    

Albert Lebrun elected president of France

  
  
  
  
April 16, 1939    

Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

  
  
  
  
April 16, 1939    

Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

  
  
  
  
April 17, 1939    

Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

  
  
  
  
April 17, 1939    

SN Behrman's No Time for Comedy, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
April 17, 1939    

Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-nazi pact

  
  
  
  
April 18, 1939    

Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey

  
  
  
  
April 18, 1939    

Hubert Pierlot forms Belgian government

  
  
  
  
April 19, 1939    

43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8

  
  
  
  
April 19, 1939    

Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

  
  
  
  
April 20, 1939    

New York World's Fair opens

  
  
  
  
April 20, 1939    

Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

  
  
  
  
April 23, 1939    

1st performance of B‚la Bart¢k's 2nd Concerto for violin

  
  
  
  
April 23, 1939    

Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR

  
  
  
  
April 28, 1939    

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

  
  
  
  
April 29, 1939    

Whitestone Bridge connecting Bronx & Queens opens

  
  
  
  
April 30, 1939    

NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

  
  
  
  
April 30, 1939    

Tropicana ballet of Havana Cuba, forms

  
  
  
  
May 01, 1939    

Batman comics hit street

  
  
  
  
May 01, 1939    

Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)

  
  
  
  
May 02, 1939    

Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

  
  
  
  
May 05, 1939    

Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky

  
  
  
  
May 06, 1939    

1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher

  
  
  
  
May 06, 1939    

65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4

  
  
  
  
May 07, 1939    

Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis

  
  
  
  
May 09, 1939    

Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha

  
  
  
  
May 13, 1939    

65th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8

  
  
  
  
May 13, 1939    

SS St Louis departs Hamburg with 937 Jews fugitives

  
  
  
  
May 16, 1939    

1st AL night game, Phila Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)

  
  
  
  
May 16, 1939    

Food stamps are 1st issued

  
  
  
  
May 17, 1939    

1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball

  
  
  
  
May 19, 1939    

Churchill signs British-Russian anti-nazi pact

  
  
  
  
May 20, 1939    

3 Little Fishies, by Kay Kyser hits #1

  
  
  
  
May 20, 1939    

Pan Am begins transatlantic passenger & air mail service

  
  
  
  
May 20, 1939    

1st regular transatlantic airmail (NY to Marsseille France)

  
  
  
  
May 22, 1939    

Hitler & Mussolini sign Pact of Steel

  
  
  
  
May 23, 1939    

British decoration, George Cross, 1st presented

  
  
  
  
May 23, 1939    

British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

  
  
  
  
May 23, 1939    

Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

  
  
  
  
May 23, 1939    

Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

  
  
  
  
May 23, 1939    

Submarine Squalis sank off Portsmouth NH, 26 die

  
  
  
  
May 25, 1939    

Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president

  
  
  
  
June 01, 1939    

1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer

  
  
  
  
June 01, 1939    

1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)

  
  
  
  
June 01, 1939    

British sub Thetis sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard

  
  
  
  
June 01, 1939    

Retired German Col-gen Gerd von Runstedt returns to service

  
  
  
  
June 03, 1939    

71st Belmont: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:29.6

  
  
  
  
June 03, 1939    

Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe

  
  
  
  
June 06, 1939    

NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning

  
  
  
  
June 06, 1939    

NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead

  
  
  
  
June 07, 1939    

1st king & queen of England to visit US, George VI & Elizabeth

  
  
  
  
June 07, 1939    

Cleve Indians sets AL record of 16 inning game without striking out, however lose game 5-4 to NY Yankees

  
  
  
  
June 08, 1939    

British king George VI visits US

  
  
  
  
June 10, 1939    

Barney Bear, cartoon character, by MGM, debuts

  
  
  
  
June 11, 1939    

King & Queen of England taste 1st hot dogs at FDR's party

  
  
  
  
June 12, 1939    

43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Phila CC in Phila

  
  
  
  
June 12, 1939    

Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY

  
  
  
  
June 20, 1939    

Test flight of 1st rocket plane using liquid propellants

  
  
  
  
June 21, 1939    

Doctors reveal Lou Gehrig has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  
  
  
  
June 21, 1939    

NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement

  
  
  
  
June 22, 1939    

Future Queen Elizabeth of England meets future husband Philip

  
  
  
  
June 23, 1939    

Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to become wrestling champ

  
  
  
  
June 23, 1939    

France turns over Sanjak of Alexandretta (Hatay) to Turkey

  
  
  
  
June 24, 1939    

Pan Am's 1st US to England flight

  
  
  
  
June 27, 1939    

1st night game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians 5, Tigers 0)

  
  
  
  
June 27, 1939    

Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings

  
  
  
  
June 27, 1939    

Headley scores a cricket century in each innings v England at Lord's

  
  
  
  
June 28, 1939    

Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

  
  
  
  
June 28, 1939    

Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper)

  
  
  
  
June 28, 1939    

Yanks hit 13 HRs, sweep A's 23-2 & 10-0

  
  
  
  
June 29, 1939    

4th Dutch govt of Colijn falls

  
  
  
  
June 29, 1939    

Dixie Clipper completes 1st commercial plane flight to Europe

  
  
  
  
June 30, 1939    

Heinkel He 176 rocket plane flies for 1st time, at Peenemnde

  
  
  
  
July 03, 1939    

Ernst Heinkel demonstrates 800-kph rocket plane to Hitler

  
  
  
  
July 03, 1939    

Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes luckiest man speech

  
  
  
  
July 04, 1939    

Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game

  
  
  
  
July 04, 1939    

Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

  
  
  
  
July 06, 1939    

German Nazi's close last Jewish enterprises

  
  
  
  
July 07, 1939    

52nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Kay Stammers (62 60)

  
  
  
  
July 08, 1939    

59th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (26 86 36 63 62)

  
  
  
  
July 11, 1939    

7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees

  
  
  
  
July 13, 1939    

Frank Sinatra made his recording debut

  
  
  
  
July 15, 1939    

Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight

  
  
  
  
July 17, 1939    

22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY

  
  
  
  
July 19, 1939    

1st use of fiberglass sutures, R P Scholz, St Louis, Mo

  
  
  
  
July 19, 1939    

Dr Roy P Scholz is 1st surgeon to use fiberglass sutures

  
  
  
  
July 22, 1939    

1st black woman judge (Jane Matilda Bolin-NYC)

  
  
  
  
July 25, 1939    

5th & last Dutch govt of Colijn, forms

  
  
  
  
July 25, 1939    

NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win

  
  
  
  
July 26, 1939    

Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs

  
  
  
  
July 28, 1939    

5th Dutch govt of Colijn falls

  
  
  
  
July 30, 1939    

Belgium SylvŠre Maes wins 33rd Tour de France

  
  
  
  
August 02, 1939    

Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers

  
  
  
  
August 03, 1939    

Jean Genets Ondine, premieres in Paris

  
  
  
  
August 06, 1939    

1st broadcast of Dinah Shore Show on NBC-radio

  
  
  
  
August 10, 1939    

2nd Dutch De Geer govt forms (1st with Social Democrats)

  
  
  
  
August 11, 1939    

Sergei Rachmaninovs last appearance in Europe

  
  
  
  
August 13, 1939    

Yankees set AL shutout margin with 21-0 victory over A's

  
  
  
  
August 13, 1939    

Sabotage suspected in crash of 'City of San Francisco'

  
  
  
  
August 14, 1939    

1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)

  
  
  
  
August 15, 1939    

Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood

  
  
  
  
August 15, 1939    

In 1st night game at Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2

  
  
  
  
August 17, 1939    

Wizard of Oz opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY

  
  
  
  
August 19, 1939    

37.6 cm rainfall at Tuckerton, NJ (state record)

  
  
  
  
August 20, 1939    

1st black bowling league formed (National Bowling Assoc)

  
  
  
  
August 20, 1939    

Russ offensive under gen Zjoekov against Jap invasion in Mongolia

  
  
  
  
August 22, 1939    

Dutch border guards take positions for German invasion

  
  
  
  
August 22, 1939    

Premier De Geer recalls Dutch vacationers in Black Forest

  
  
  
  
August 23, 1939    

John Cobb (Britain) drives 365.85 MPH (593.48 KPH) at Bonneville Flats

  
  
  
  
August 23, 1939    

Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler & Stalin

  
  
  
  
August 23, 1939    

USSR & Germany sign a non-agression pact

  
  
  
  
August 23, 1939    

Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact (Soviet Union neutral/Poland divided)

  
  
  
  
August 24, 1939    

Germany & USSR sign 10-year non-aggression pact

  
  
  
  
August 26, 1939    

1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Bkln Dodgers (W2XBS NY)

  
  
  
  
August 26, 1939    

Belgium mobilizes

  
  
  
  
August 26, 1939    

Kroatia gets autonomous status

  
  
  
  
August 27, 1939    

Erich Warsitz makes 1st jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)

  
  
  
  
August 27, 1939    

Heinkel He-178 makes 1st manned flight with rocket/jet propulsion

  
  
  
  
August 27, 1939    

Nazi Germany demands Danzig & Polish corridor

  
  
  
  
August 27, 1939    

Queen Wilhelmina receives German ambassador Grave Zech

  
  
  
  
August 28, 1939    

Monty becomes commandant of 3rd Iron Infantry division

  
  
  
  
August 28, 1939    

Netherland mobilizes

  
  
  
  
August 28, 1939    

Sammy Fain/Jack Yellen's musical George White's Scandals premieres

  
  
  
  
August 29, 1939    

Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II

  
  
  
  
August 30, 1939    

6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)

  
  
  
  
August 30, 1939    

General Reijnders appointed supreme commander of Dutch army

  
  
  
  
August 30, 1939    

Isoroku Yamamoto appointed supreme commander of Japanese fleet

  
  
  
  
August 30, 1939    

NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)

  
  
  
  
August 30, 1939    

Poland mobilizes

  
  
  
  
August 31, 1939    

Japanese invasion army driven out of Mongolia

  
  
  
  
August 31, 1939    

Staged Polish assault on radio station in Gleiwitz

  
  
  
  
September 01, 1939    

Hitler orders extermination of mentally ill

  
  
  
  
September 01, 1939    

Last day of 1st-class cricket in England for 6 years

  
  
  
  
September 01, 1939    

Physical Review publishes 1st paper to deal with black holes

  
  
  
  
September 01, 1939    

Switzerland proclaims neutrality

  
  
  
  
September 01, 1939    

WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig

  
  
  
  
September 03, 1939    

German U-boat sinks British passenger ship Athenia

  
  
  
  
September 03, 1939    

Great Britain & France declare war on Germany after invasion of Poland

  
  
  
  
September 03, 1939    

Yanks beat Red Sox on a forfeit, their 4th forfeit win

  
  
  
  
September 03, 1939    

Britain declares war on Germany. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada

  
  
  
  
September 04, 1939    

Dutch 2nd Chamber affirms Neth's in a State of War

  
  
  
  
September 04, 1939    

German submarine U-30 sinks British passenger ship Athenia

  
  
  
  
September 04, 1939    

German troops move into Danzig

  
  
  
  
September 04, 1939    

Netherlands & Belgium declare neutrality

  
  
  
  
September 04, 1939    

Polish ghetto of Mir is exterminated

  
  
  
  
September 04, 1939    

RAF bombs Wilhelmshafen

  
  
  
  
September 05, 1939    

34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)

  
  
  
  
September 05, 1939    

FDR declares US neutrality at start of WW II in Europe

  
  
  
  
September 05, 1939    

US declare itself neutral

  
  
  
  
September 06, 1939    

1st German air attack on Great-Britain in WW II

  
  
  
  
September 06, 1939    

South Africa declares war on nazi-Germany

  
  
  
  
September 07, 1939    

Radio NY Worldwide-WRUL begins radio transmission

  
  
  
  
September 08, 1939    

FDR declares limited national emergency due to war in Europe

  
  
  
  
September 08, 1939    

Gen Von Reichenaus pantzer division reaches suburbs of Warsaw

  
  
  
  
September 08, 1939    

Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games

  
  
  
  
September 08, 1939    

Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning

  
  
  
  
September 09, 1939    

Nazi army reaches Warsaw

  
  
  
  
September 10, 1939    

Canada declares war on Germany

  
  
  
  
September 10, 1939    

In WW II, Canada declared war on Germany

  
  
  
  
September 11, 1939    

Battle of Kutno-pocket: Germans advance to Warsaw

  
  
  
  
September 11, 1939    

British submarine Triton torpedoes British submarine Oxley

  
  
  
  
September 11, 1939    

Iraq & Saudi Arabia declare war on nazi-Germany

  
  
  
  
September 13, 1939    

Igor Stravinsky invents 1st helicopter

  
  
  
  
September 14, 1939    

British fleet attacks German U-39 boat

  
  
  
  
September 14, 1939    

Minister Winston Churchill visits Scapa Flow

  
  
  
  
September 16, 1939    

53rd US Womens Tennis: Alice Marble beats Helen Hull Jacobs (60 810 64)

  
  
  
  
September 16, 1939    

59th US Mens Tennis: Robert L Riggs beats S Welby van Horn (64 62 64)

  
  
  
  
September 16, 1939    

NY Yankees clinch their 11th & 4th successive pennant

  
  
  
  
September 17, 1939    

German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die

  
  
  
  
September 17, 1939    

Poland's president Moscicki & PM Slawoj-Skladkowski flee to Romania

  
  
  
  
September 17, 1939    

Russia invades Eastern Poland, takes 217,000 Poles prisoner

  
  
  
  
September 17, 1939    

Soviet Union invades Poland during WW II

  
  
  
  
September 18, 1939    

Polish govt of Moscicki flees to Romania

  
  
  
  
September 19, 1939    

British Expeditionary Force reaches France

  
  
  
  
September 19, 1939    

Lord Haw-Haw becomes radio host of Reichsrundfunk Berlin

  
  
  
  
September 19, 1939    

Wehrmacht (German regular army) murders 100 Jews in Lukov Poland

  
  
  
  
September 20, 1939    

British fleet takes German U-27 boat

  
  
  
  
September 20, 1939    

Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  
  
  
  
September 21, 1939    

Reinhard Heydrich meets in Berlin to discuss final solution of Jews

  
  
  
  
September 23, 1939    

Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4

  
  
  
  
September 25, 1939    

German Luftwaffe strikes Warsaw with (fire)bombs

  
  
  
  
September 25, 1939    

Versailles Peace Treaty forgot to include Andorra, so Andorra & Germany finally sign an official treaty ending WW I

  
  
  
  
September 26, 1939    

German seaplane shoots KLM-aircraft (1 killed)

  
  
  
  
September 27, 1939    

Warsaw Poland, surrenders to Germans after 19 days of resistance

  
  
  
  
September 27, 1939    

White Sox host 1st day-night doubleheader, lose to Cleve, 5-2 & 7-5

  
  
  
  
September 28, 1939    

Estonia accepts Soviet military bases

  
  
  
  
September 28, 1939    

Final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio

  
  
  
  
September 28, 1939    

Soviet-German treaty agree on 4th partition of Poland (WW II) & gives Lithuania to USSR, last Polish troops surrender

  
  
  
  
September 30, 1939    

1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)

  
  
  
  
September 30, 1939    

41 U-boats sunk this month (153,000 ton)

  
  
  
  
September 30, 1939    

Germany & Russia agree to partition Poland

  
  
  
  
September 30, 1939    

White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets record of 61st relief appearance

  
  
  
  
October 01, 1939    

Churchill calls Soviets riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

  
  
  
  
October 02, 1939    

Birdbaths installed in Union Square, SF

  
  
  
  
October 03, 1939    

Lemmer-Urk Dike closes

  
  
  
  
October 04, 1939    

Last Polish troops surrender

  
  
  
  
October 06, 1939    

Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France & Britain

  
  
  
  
October 06, 1939    

Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem

  
  
  
  
October 07, 1939    

HALL airship Binnendijk runs up German my

  
  
  
  
October 08, 1939    

Germany annexes Western Poland

  
  
  
  
October 08, 1939    

NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win

  
  
  
  
October 11, 1939    

Albert Einstein informs FDR of possibilities of atomic bomb

  
  
  
  
October 11, 1939    

Bucky Harris signs to manage Washington again

  
  
  
  
October 11, 1939    

Gertrude Lawrence's Skylark, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
October 11, 1939    

NAACP organized Legal Defense & Education Fund

  
  
  
  
October 14, 1939    

BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed

  
  
  
  
October 14, 1939    

German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed

  
  
  
  
October 14, 1939    

Sugar rationed in Netherlands

  
  
  
  
October 15, 1939    

LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC

  
  
  
  
October 15, 1939    

Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years

  
  
  
  
October 16, 1939    

Sugar rationing begins in Netherlands

  
  
  
  
October 18, 1939    

R Rodgers & Lorenz Harts Too Many Girls, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
October 19, 1939    

G”ring begins plunder through Nazi's occupied areas

  
  
  
  
October 20, 1939    

All the Things You Are recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orch

  
  
  
  
October 20, 1939    

Pope Pius XII publishes his 1st encyclical Summi pontificatus

  
  
  
  
October 22, 1939    

1st TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodgers

  
  
  
  
October 24, 1939    

Benny Goodman records Let's Dance

  
  
  
  
October 24, 1939    

Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

  
  
  
  
October 24, 1939    

Nazi require wearing of star of David

  
  
  
  
October 24, 1939    

Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (Wilmington Delaware)

  
  
  
  
October 25, 1939    

George Kaufman/Moss Hart's Man Who Came to Dinner, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
October 25, 1939    

Nylon stockings go on sale in US for 1st time

  
  
  
  
October 25, 1939    

William Saroyan's Time of Your Life, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
October 26, 1939    

Polish Jewish forced into obligatory work service

  
  
  
  
October 28, 1939    

Anti-German demonstrations/strikes in Czechoslovakia

  
  
  
  
October 28, 1939    

Spitfire shoots German Heinkel-111 down above Scotland

  
  
  
  
October 29, 1939    

Golden Gate International Exposition closes (1st closure)

  
  
  
  
October 29, 1939    

NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3

  
  
  
  
October 30, 1939    

USSR & Germany agree on partitioning Poland, Hitler deports Jews

  
  
  
  
October 30, 1939    

German U boat fails on attack of English battleship Nelson with Winston Churchill, Dudley Pound & Charles Forbes aboard

  
  
  
  
October 31, 1939    

27 U boats sunk this month (135,000 ton)

  
  
  
  
November 01, 1939    

1st animal conceived by artificial insemination (rabbit) displayed

  
  
  
  
November 01, 1939    

1st jet plane, Heinkel He 178, demonstrated to German Air Ministry

  
  
  
  
November 01, 1939    

Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Sertum laetitiae

  
  
  
  
November 03, 1939    

Clare Booth's Margin for Error, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
November 04, 1939    

1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland

  
  
  
  
November 04, 1939    

1st air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Ill

  
  
  
  
November 04, 1939    

US allows cash & carry arms sales during WW II

  
  
  
  
November 06, 1939    

WGY-TV (Schenectady, NY), 1st coml TV station, begins service

  
  
  
  
November 06, 1939    

WRGB TV channel 6 in Schenectady-Alby-Troy, NY (CBS) 1st broadcast

  
  
  
  
November 08, 1939    

Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Brgerbraukeller, Mnich

  
  
  
  
November 08, 1939    

H Lindsay & R Crouse' Life with Father, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
November 09, 1939    

Ninotchka, with Greta Garbo premieres

  
  
  
  
November 09, 1939    

Nobel for physics awarded to Ernest O Lawrence (cyclotron)

  
  
  
  
November 09, 1939    

Venlo-incident: German Abwehr kills 2 English agents

  
  
  
  
November 11, 1939    

Kate Smith 1st sings Irving Berlin's God Bless America

  
  
  
  
November 12, 1939    

Jews in Lodz Poland ordered to wear yellow star of David

  
  
  
  
November 14, 1939    

Oil refinery fire kills 500 & destroys Lagunillas Venezuela

  
  
  
  
November 15, 1939    

Anti-German demonstrations in Czechoslovakia

  
  
  
  
November 15, 1939    

FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC

  
  
  
  
November 15, 1939    

Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews

  
  
  
  
November 15, 1939    

Social Security Administration approves 1st unemployment check

  
  
  
  
November 16, 1939    

Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail

  
  
  
  
November 16, 1939    

German U-boat torpedoes tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland

  
  
  
  
November 17, 1939    

German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship

  
  
  
  
November 17, 1939    

Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's Very Warm for May, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
November 18, 1939    

Neth KNSM passenger ship Simon Bolivar hits German mine, 86 die

  
  
  
  
November 19, 1939    

Don Lash wins 6th straight AAU cross-country 10K championship

  
  
  
  
November 23, 1939    

Nazi Gov of Poland Hans Frank requires Jews to wear a blue star

  
  
  
  
November 26, 1939    

4 soviet soldiers killed on Finnish-Russian border

  
  
  
  
November 27, 1939    

Maxwell Anderson's Key Largo, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
November 28, 1939    

Nazi Gov-Gen of Poland, Hans Frank organizes Judenrat

  
  
  
  
November 28, 1939    

Soviet govt revokes Russian-Finnish non-attack treaty

  
  
  
  
November 29, 1939    

Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)

  
  
  
  
November 29, 1939    

USSR drops diplomatic relations with Finland

  
  
  
  
November 30, 1939    

21 U boats sunk this month (52,000 ton)

  
  
  
  
November 30, 1939    

Paul Osborn's Mornings at 7, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
November 30, 1939    

USSR invades Finland, bombs Helsinki

  
  
  
  
December 01, 1939    

SS-Fhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews

  
  
  
  
December 02, 1939    

British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form BOAC

  
  
  
  
December 02, 1939    

NY's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight

  
  
  
  
December 03, 1939    

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj's 6th Symphony, premieres

  
  
  
  
December 06, 1939    

5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)

  
  
  
  
December 06, 1939    

Cole Porter's musical Du Barry was a Lady, premieres in NYC

  
  
  
  
December 07, 1939    

Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

  
  
  
  
December 07, 1939    

William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland

  
  
  
  
December 09, 1939    

27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7

  
  
  
  
December 09, 1939    

Russian air raid on Helsinki

  
  
  
  
December 10, 1939    

Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0

  
  
  
  
December 10, 1939    

KNVB celebrates 50th anniversary

  
  
  
  
December 11, 1939    

New anti Jewish measurements in Poland, proclaimed

  
  
  
  
December 12, 1939    

Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die

  
  
  
  
December 13, 1939    

Battle at La Plata - 3 British cruisers vs German Graf Spee

  
  
  
  
December 14, 1939    

Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union

  
  
  
  
December 15, 1939    

Gone With the Wind premieres in Atlanta

  
  
  
  
December 15, 1939    

1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware

  
  
  
  
December 15, 1939    

Snip departs for 1st flight to Paramaribo/Cura‡ao

  
  
  
  
December 16, 1939    

Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

  
  
  
  
December 17, 1939    

German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay

  
  
  
  
December 18, 1939    

Finnish army recaptures Agl„j„rvi

  
  
  
  
December 19, 1939    

Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa

  
  
  
  
December 20, 1939    

Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service

  
  
  
  
December 21, 1939    

Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of Referat IV B

  
  
  
  
December 22, 1939    

125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany

  
  
  
  
December 22, 1939    

Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland

  
  
  
  
December 22, 1939    

Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo

  
  
  
  
December 22, 1939    

99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany

  
  
  
  
December 23, 1939    

Finnish counter offensive at Summa

  
  
  
  
December 23, 1939    

South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland

  
  
  
  
December 25, 1939    

Grimmett & Ward rip through Qld except Bill Brown (156)

  
  
  
  
December 25, 1939    

Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer

  
  
  
  
December 26, 1939    

Earthquake in East Anatolia Turkey

  
  
  
  
December 26, 1939    

Mine strikes in Borinage Brussels

  
  
  
  
December 27, 1939    

1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)

  
  
  
  
December 27, 1939    

Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake (Erzincam Turkey)

  
  
  
  
December 27, 1939    

Earthquake in Turkey, about 50,000 die

  
  
  
  
December 30, 1939    

Bradman scores 267 SA v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

  
  
  
  
December 30, 1939    

O'Reilly takes 14-45 (8-23 & 6-22) as NSW crush Qld in 2 days

  
  
  
  
December 31, 1939    

25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton)

  
  
  
  
December 31, 1939    

Dutch national debt hits Ÿ4,218,553,180.99

  
  
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