Sunday 17 September 1939
It was Sunday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include David H Souter and Joseph Mosikili.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, directed by Alfred Werker, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939
On TV people were watching Come and Be Televised.
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- RC Saints - Feasts of Saint Lambert (martyr), Hildegard of Bingen
- United States - Constitution Day (observed on the previous Friday if it falls in a weekend), Citizenship Day, Von Steuben Day
- Netherlands - Operation Market Garden is still remembered with parachuting and dedications on this day.
- Also see September 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- The fourth day of the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greek mythology, when the initiates sacrificed a pig.
- Angola - National Heroes' Day
- David H Souter: Weir, New Hampshire -- 107th Supreme Court Justice (1990- ).
- Joseph Mosikili: South African actor / singer.
- Lamonte McLemore: St. Louis, Missouri -- Rock vocalist (5th Dimension).
- David Souter in Weir: New Hampshire, USA; Supreme Court Justice (1990-).
- Günther Fielmann: German optometrist and entrepreneur, chief executive officer of Fielmann AG.
- David Souter: American Supreme Court jurist who emphasizes judicial restraint, nominated by President George Bush. Respected by his colleagues for intellectual prowess and strong opinions and noted for modesty, out of 106 jurists who have served on the Supreme Court, he is the sixth who has remained unmarried. With his appointment, he became Washington's leading bachelor.
- Carl Dennis: American poet and educator
- Shelby Flint: American singer-songwriter and voice actress
- German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die
- Russia invades Eastern Poland, takes 217,000 Poles prisoner
- Soviet Union invades Poland during WWII
- World War II: The Soviet Union joins Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939.
- Taisto Maki becomes the first man to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes, in a time of 29:52.6
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