Events in year of 1938

  • 01-02Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded
  • 01-03March of Dimes established to fight polio
  • 01-06Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in Bronx
  • 01-08Bradman scores 107 for South Australia vs. Queensland (1st innings)
  • 01-11Bradman scores a second innings 113 vs. Queensland after a ton in the 1st
  • 01-11Frances Moulton elected 1st woman President of a US national bank
  • 01-14National Society for Legalization of Euthanasia forms (NY)
  • 01-16Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
  • 01-17Supreme Soviet elects Michail Kalinin as presidium chairman
  • 01-18Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Hall of Fame
  • 01-19GM began mass production of diesel engines
  • 01-21Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance
  • 02-04"Our Town, " by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway
  • 02-04Hitler seizes control of German army and puts Nazi in key posts
  • 02-05Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 seconds)
  • 02-10King Carol II of Romania drives out Dictator Goga
  • 02-11Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to become wrestling champ
  • 02-12Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
  • 02-12German troops entered Austria
  • 02-16US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized
  • 02-171st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 02-19Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
  • 02-20UK Foreign Secretary Eden resigns, says Prime Minister Chamberlain appeased Germany
  • 02-23Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 02-24Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
  • 02-25British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
  • 02-261st passenger ship equipped with radar
  • 02-26Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • 02-26US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • 02-26US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

People born in year of 1938

  • 01-01Bill Emerson: (Rep-R-Missouri, 1981- )
  • 01-02John Considine: Actor (Reginald Love-Another World)
  • 01-04Louis Krebs Graham: Nashville, Tennessee -- PGA golfer (1975 US Open)
  • 01-05Edwin Elliason: Washington, United States -- US archer (1992 Olympics)
  • 01-05Jim Otto: NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • 01-05Juan Carlos I: King of Spain (1975- )
  • 01-05Leo Avery: Abbot of Quarr
  • 01-05Piet Kruiver: Dutch soccer star
  • 01-09Aad Kosto: Dutch theologist / actor / Assistant Secretary of Justice
  • 01-10Francis W "Frank" Mahovlich: Canadian ice hockey player
  • 01-10Ivan Twigden: English contractor / multi-millionaire (Twigden PLC)
  • 01-10Willie "Stretch" McCovey: 1st baseman (SF Giant #44)
  • 01-11Fischer S Black, Jr.: Financial theorist
  • 01-11Michael Fenn: Docker / socialist
  • 01-11Narvel Felts: Country singer
  • 01-13Paavo Johannes Heininen: Composer
  • 01-14Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville]: Pianist / songwriter (Ride Your Pony)
  • 01-16Michael Pataki: Youngstown, Ohio -- Actor (Get Christie Love)
  • 01-17John Bellairs: United States -- Sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 01-19Denny Smith: (Rep-R-Oregon, 1981- )
  • 01-19Eskil Hemberg: Composer
  • 01-23Anatoly Marchenko: Siberia -- Soviet dissident
  • 01-24Julius Arthur Hemphill: Saxophonist
  • 01-25Betico Croes: Arubian politician (Status Aparte)
  • 01-26Margaret Daly: British MEP
  • 01-29Bill Christian: United States -- Ice hockey player (1960 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-30Marcel P A van Dam: Dutch politician / CEO (VARA Radio / TV)
  • 01-30Marlies van Alcmaer [Smal]: Dutch actress / director (Bridge too Far)
  • 01-31Ajip Rosidi: Indonesian poet / writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 01-31James G Watt: Colorado, United States -- US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)

People died in year of 1938

  • 01-03Arthur Boon: Flemish priest / philologist, dies at 54
  • 01-10Willem de Vreese: Flemish linguist, dies at 68
  • 01-17William H Pickering: Astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
  • 01-28Bernd Rosemeyer: German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 02-06Marianne V von Werefkin: Russ / German / Swiss house painter, dies at 77
  • 02-09Truby King: Pioneer of mothercraft
  • 02-16Otto zur Linde: German Author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • 02-18Alida JM Tartaud-Little: Actress (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
  • 02-18Edward Anseele: Belgian Minister of Rail, dies at 81
  • 02-21Albert Huybrechts: Composer, dies at 39
  • 02-21George Ellery Hale: Astronomer
  • 03-09Sydney Baynes: Composer, dies at 59
  • 03-13Clarence S Darrow: Scopes Monkey Trial attorney, dies in Chicago at 80
  • 03-18Cyril Rootham: Composer, dies at 62
  • 03-21Oscar Apfel: Actor (Inspiration), dies at 60
  • 03-27Louis William Stern: German / US philosopher / psychologist, dies at 66
  • 03-31Willem J T Kloos: Dutch Poet / critic (New Guide), dies at 78
  • 04-02Alice Berend: Writer
  • 04-10Nana Annor Adjaye: Pan-Africanist, dies in West Nzima, Ghana
  • 04-12Feodor Chaliapine: Russian Author (Man & Mark), dies at 65
  • 04-16Bertram Wagstaff Mills: Circus proprietor
  • 04-18Richard Runciman Terry: Musicologist
  • 04-19Henry John Newbolt: Poet / Author (Studies Green & Gray), dies at 75
  • 04-21Muhammad Iqbal: Brt E Indies lawyer / Pakistan national hero, dies at 65
  • 04-26Edmund Husserl: German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
  • 04-27Edmond Rubbens: Belgian Minister to Colonies, dies at 44
  • 05-04Carl von Ossietzky: German pacifist / writer (Nobel 1935), dies at 48
  • 05-11Arnold Sauwen: Flemish Poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • 05-14Jacobus C J "Jacques" Hermans: Actor (Ghetto), dies at 81
  • 05-16Stephen Fairbairn: Oarsman / coach

Events in year of 1939

  • 01-02Bradman scores 107 South Africa vs. Victoria, his 4th consecutive century
  • 01-03Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives
  • 01-04Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman Dean of a US graduate school
  • 01-04Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration
  • 01-10Bradman hits 186 South Africa vs. Queensland before Christ catches him at short-leg
  • 01-13Belgian Premier signs Burgos-treaty for trade relations with Franco
  • 01-14All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends
  • 01-14Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
  • 01-151st NFL pro bowl, New York Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
  • 01-15Municipal Railway and Market St. RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
  • 01-16Comic strip "Superman" debuts
  • 01-17Ed Barrow is elected Yankee President succeeding deceased J Ruppert
  • 01-19Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec
  • 01-20Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
  • 01-21US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • 01-21US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
  • 01-22Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University
  • 01-2430,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile
  • 01-24Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler and George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame
  • 01-24Spanish government moves to Figueras
  • 01-25Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 01-26Federal Hall National Monument established
  • 01-26Filming begins on "Gone With the Wind"
  • 01-26Franco conquers Barcelona
  • 01-30Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile
  • 01-30Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
  • 02-04Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort
  • 02-06Spanish government flees to France
  • 02-09Belgian Spaak government falls
  • 02-14Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as Director of Gone With the Wind

People born in year of 1939

  • 01-04Jon Appleton: Composer
  • 01-05Bridget Parker: England, United Kingdom -- Equestrian 3 day event (1972 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-05Peter Struycken: Statues / computer expert / teacher
  • 01-07David Buchan: Ethno-musicologist
  • 01-10Bill Toomey: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Decathelete (1968 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-11Anne Heggtveigt: Canada -- Slalom (1960 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-12Helmut Eisendle: Writer
  • 01-12Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink: Dutch writer / poet (Cold Unrest)
  • 01-15Charles Christopher Steel: Composer
  • 01-17Toini Gustafson: Sweden -- 5K / 10K cross country skier (1968 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-18Bernard Glassman: New York, United States -- Zen teacher / head (Zen Center of NY)
  • 01-20Murle Breer: LPGA golfer
  • 01-20Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe: Indian astronomer
  • 01-21Mary Ellen McAnally: Illinois, United States -- Poet (Dance of the Zygotes)
  • 01-26Marshall Lieb: Rocker (Teddy Bears)
  • 01-27Mike Hill: Jackson, Michigan -- PGA golfer (1977 Ohio Kings Island Open)
  • 01-27N R Bomford: Head master (Harrow School)
  • 01-27Rawlings: Baroness
  • 01-27Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan: Composer
  • 01-28John M Fabian: Goosecreek, Texas -- Colonel USAF / Astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G)
  • 01-29Germaine Greer: Melbourne, Victoria -- Feminist / author (Female Eunich)
  • 01-29O P Kolomitsev: Cosmonaut
  • 01-30Frank R Wolf: (Rep-R-Virginia, 1981- )
  • 01-30Nick Gaselee: Racehorse trainer
  • 02-01Del McCoury: Bluegrass singer / musician
  • 02-01Paul E Gillmor: (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 02-01Ray Sawyer: Rocker
  • 02-03Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky: Russian Cosmonaut
  • 02-04Jacques Charlier: Belgian sculptor
  • 02-04John Schuck: Boston, Massachusetts -- Comedian (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo)

People died in year of 1939

  • 01-09Johann Strauss: Austrian conductor / Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • 01-10Julius Bittner: Austria Composer (Missa Austriaca), dies at 64
  • 01-13Jacob Ruppert: CEO (New York Yankees, 1915-39)
  • 01-16Albert Fish: Mass murderer, executed
  • 01-23Matthias Sindelar: Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • 01-28William Butler Yeats: Irish Poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • 02-04Edward Sapir: US linguist / cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • 02-04Henri W A Deterding: Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • 02-10Pius XI [Ambrogio D A Ratti]: Italian Pope (1922-39), dies at 81
  • 02-11Franz Schmidt: Austrian composer, dies at 64
  • 02-15Foppe G Scheltema: Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
  • 02-15Henri Jaspar: Premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
  • 02-16Jura Soyfer: Writer, dies at 26
  • 02-18Ludwig Bonvin: Composer, dies at 89
  • 02-27Nadezjda K Krupskaya: Russian revolutionary / Wife of Lenin, dies at 70
  • 03-02Howard Carter: British archaeologist / Egyptologist (King Tut), dies at 65
  • 03-06[Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann: German mathematician, dies at 86
  • 03-07Amadeo Roldan: Composer, dies at 38
  • 03-21Evald Aav: Composer, dies at 39
  • 03-27Constance Lindsay Skinner: Author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • 04-04Ghazi I: King of Iraq, dies in car accident
  • 04-06Robert Courtneidge: British theater producer
  • 04-09Emilio Serrano y Ruiz: Composer, dies at 89
  • 04-10Alfredo Panzini: Ital Author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75
  • 04-11SS Van Dine [William Huntingdon Wright]: Detective writer, dies at 50
  • 04-18Theo Mann: Actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88
  • 04-21Herman Finck: Composer, dies at 66
  • 04-24John Foulds: Composer, dies at 58
  • 05-03[Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener: German General, dies at 71
  • 05-20Joe Carr: NFL hall of famer / NFL President (1921-39), dies at 59