Friday 17 March 1939, St. Patrick's Day
It was Friday, under the sign of Pisces (see planets position on March 17, 1939). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Giovanni Trapattoni and Robin Knox-Johnston.
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police, directed by James P. Hogan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939
On TV people were watching Percy Ponsonby.
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- Ancient Rome - the second day of the Bacchanalia in honor of Bacchus
- Ancient Rome - the Liberalia in honor of Liber
- St. Agricola
- St. Joseph of Arimathea
- Feast day of St Patrick: a public holiday in Ireland (National feast) and Montserrat, widely celebrated in North America and worldwide (see St. Patrick's Day)
- Ancient Latvia - Kustonu Diena (return of the larks) observed
- Boston, Massachusetts - Evacuation Day
- Giovanni Trapattoni: Italian soccer player in the Italian National Team who later became a coach, winning the Italian Title with his team in May 1986.
- Robin Knox-Johnston: British adventurer, the first person known to sail solo around the world.
- Tom Gompf: American swimmer, Olympic bronze medal champion diver.
- Paul Sauvage: France sport Champion.
- Jim Gary: American sculptor (d. 2006).
- Bill Graham: Canadian academic and politician 4th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
- British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gives a speech in Birmingham, stating that Britain will oppose any effort at world domination on the part of Germany.