Thursday 9 November 1939
It was Thursday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Barbara Watterson and Matti Rag Paananen.
Allegheny Uprising, directed by William A. Seiter, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939
while The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was one of the best selling books.
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- Roman Catholicism - Dedication of the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Cathedral of the Pope (memorial feast day)
- Also see November 9 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- Cambodia - Independence Day (1953)
- Pakistan - Allama Iqbal Day (1877)
- Germany - November 9th is often called Germany's Schicksalstag (day of fate) due to the events of 1848, 1918, 1923, 1938, and 1989.
- Europe - Inventor's Day - in honor of Hedy Lamarr's birthday
- United States - World Freedom Day, to commenerate the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
- Barbara Watterson: British scientist who is well known as the foremost Egyptologist in Europe.
- Matti Rag Paananen
- Marco Bellochio
- Marco Bellocchio: Italian film director of short subjects and documentaries prior to an auspicious debut feature in 1965, "First in His Pocket.
- Paul Cameron: American psychologist and academic.
- Bryan Davies: Baron Davies of Oldham English academic and politician.
- Björn Engholm: German politician, Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein from 1988-1993.
- Matti Paananen: Finnish pro musician; lost a daughter to drugs when she overdosed.
- Alain Giletti: France sport Champion.
- Dirk Klop: Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr.
- Ninotchka, with Greta Garbo premieres
- Nobel for physics awarded to Ernest O Lawrence (cyclotron)
- Venlo-incident: German Abwehr kills 2 English agents
- WWII: Venlo Incident: Two British agents of SIS are captured by the Germans.
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