Wednesday August 16, 1939

US date format: 8/16/1939, UK date format: 16/8/1939

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 16, 1939). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Neville Chamberlain (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Trevor McDonald and Billy Joe Shaver. Range War, directed by Lesley Selander, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939 On TV people were watching Major League Baseball on NBC.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • RC saints: feast day of Saint Stephen I of Hungary; Saint Roch (helps against plague and skin diseases)
  • USA: legal holiday in Vermont for the Battle of Bennington in 1777 (which actually took place in the state of New York)
  • Palio dell'Assunta in Siena
  • Eastern Orthodox: commemoration of the translation of the Acheiropoietos icon which means "Not made by hands", (also known as the Mandelion; now lost) from Edessa to Constantinople on 16 August 944

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Movies

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Range War

Range War

Directed by: Lesley Selander

Starring: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Britt Wood, Pedro de Cordoba

Irish Luck

Irish Luck

Directed by: Howard Bretherton

Starring: Frankie Darro, Dick Purcell, Lillian Elliott, Dennis Moore

The Old Maid

The Old Maid

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

Starring: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Donald Crisp

The Man They Could Not Hang

The Man They Could Not Hang

Directed by: Nick Grinde

Starring: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor

In Old Monterey

In Old Monterey

Directed by: Joseph Kane

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, George 'Gabby' Hayes

TV Series

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Major League Baseball on NBC

Major League Baseball on NBC

Starring: Bob Costas, Joe Garagiola, Tony Kubek, Vin Scully

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

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