Monday 23 January 1939
It was Monday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Arlene Golonka in Chicago and Sonny Chiba.
Gunga Din, directed by George Stevens, 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.
On TV people were watching Television Surveys.
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- Pie Day
- The Saddest day of the year is January 23 according to a recent study completed by the Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales (a part of the Russell Group of British universities). 
- Roman Catholic Church: Feast of Blessed Marianne of Molokai
- Arlene Golonka in Chicago: Illinois, USA; actress (Millie - Mayberry RFD).
- Sonny Chiba: Japanese actor and martial artist.
- Patrick Giros: French priest who founded in 1981 and then ran the 'Aux captifs, la libération' organisation, a Christian mission for street people.
- Matthias Sindelar: Austrian footballer and manager (d. 1939).
- quotDutch War Scarequot: Admiral Wilhelm Canaris of the ''Abwehr'' leaks misinformation to the effect that Germany plans to invade the Netherlands in February, with the aim of using Dutch air-fields to launch a strategic bombing offensive against Britain. The quotDutch War Scarequot leads to a major change in British policies towards Europe.
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