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

Events in year of 1940

  • 01-03WPG-AM in Atlantic City, New Jersey consolidates with WBIL andWOV as "new" WOV
  • 01-05FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • 01-05Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • 01-092 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
  • 01-14Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • 01-14NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • 01-21Foreign correspondents in the Netherlands under censorship
  • 01-221st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • 01-23Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes Premier of Polish government in exile
  • 01-25Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • 01-30Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
  • 01-3140 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • 02-01Russia begins new offensive against Finland
  • 02-05Gen Winckelman replaces General Reijnders as Dutch Supreme Commander
  • 02-05Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
  • 02-07British railroads nationalized
  • 02-08Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 02-09Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 02-10"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • 02-10Tom and Jerry created by Hanna and Barbera debut by MGM
  • 02-10US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • 02-10US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • 02-14British Merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • 02-16British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
  • 02-17Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for South Africa vs. West Australia
  • 02-17British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
  • 02-20Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • 02-22Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • 02-22German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
  • 02-23Russian troops conquer Lasi Island

People born in year of 1940

  • 01-01Jack Kiefer: Columbia, Pennsylvania -- PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • 01-01Laszlo Sary: Composer
  • 01-01Richard Henry Orton: Composer
  • 01-03Thelma Schoonmaker: Actress / editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • 01-04Anthony Skooter Teague: Texas, United States -- Actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 01-04Brian Josephson: British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 01-05Dany Saval: Oakland, California -- Actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot)
  • 01-06Ed Zschau: (Rep-R-California, 1983- )
  • 01-07William Elgin Swinton: Child psychiatrist
  • 01-08Anthony Gaurdine: (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • 01-08Cristy Lane: United States -- Country / gospel singer
  • 01-08Little Anthony [Gourdine]: Rocker (Imperials)
  • 01-09Barbara Buczek: Composer
  • 01-09Jimmy Boyd: McComb, Missouri -- Singer / actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • 01-10Harry Gant: NASCAR driver
  • 01-11Mark DeVoto: Composer
  • 01-14Julian Bond: Nashville, Tennessee -- (D-Ga) civil rights leader
  • 01-17H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino: Kenya -- 1500m runner (1968, 72 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-17Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali: South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 01-19Barend J du Plessis: South African Minister of Finance (1984- )
  • 01-19Mary Mills: LPGA golfer
  • 01-20Carol Heiss Jenkins: NYC, New York -- Figure skater (1956, 60 Olympics - Gold / Silver Medals)
  • 01-20Jorge Peixinho: Composer
  • 01-21Marquis of Tavistock: English large landowner / multi-millionaire
  • 01-22Addie "Micki" Harris: Passaic, New Jersey -- Singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
  • 01-22Tilo Medek: German composer
  • 01-23Johnny Russell: Country singer
  • 01-24Flip Buurmeijer: Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 01-30David Johnson: Composer
  • 01-31Jessica Walter: Brooklyn, New York -- Actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)

People died in year of 1940

  • 01-04Conrad Weiss: German writer / Poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • 01-05Tina Modotti [Maria del Carmen]: Ital / Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • 01-12Erich R Jaensch: German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • 01-18Kazimierz P Tetmajer: Polish writer / Poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • 01-24Emile van Bosch: Revue / operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • 02-11John Buchan: 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada (1935-40)
  • 02-27Peter Behrens: German architect
  • 02-28Johan C Braakensiek: Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • 02-29Edward Frederic Benson: Novelist
  • 03-01Josef Swickard: Actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • 03-10Louis de Vries: Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • 03-19Gustaaf Sap: Belgian Minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • 03-25Ion Nonna Otescu: Composer, dies at 51
  • 04-06Andres Isasi: Composer, dies at 49
  • 04-09Mrs Patrick Campbell: English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide)
  • 04-18Florrie Forde: Music hall artist
  • 04-18Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher: Historian
  • 04-26Carl Bosch: German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 05-10Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer: Dutch Author / poster artist, dies at 56
  • 05-14Eddy [Charles E] du Platform: Writer / poet
  • 05-14Emma Goldman: US anarchists / feminist / Author (Living My Life)
  • 05-14Jacob van Gelderen: Economist / sociologist / SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • 05-14Menno ter Braak: Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • 05-15Joseph Limburg: Liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • 05-15Willem A Bonger: Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • 05-20Joris [Georges] van Severen: Flem fascist / Member of parliament
  • 05-23Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov: Russian musicologist / Son of Nikolai
  • 05-23Paul Nizan: French journalist / writer (Ce Soir / Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 05-28Randle Ayrton: Actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
  • 05-28Theodor Streicher: Composer, dies at 65