January 1939 calendar

January 1939

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1939.
The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Neville Chamberlain (Conservative), Pope Pius XI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1939: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1939?


  • 01 Jan 1939 William Hewlett and David Packard found Hewlett-Packard in the USA.
  • 03 Jan 1939 Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives
  • 04 Jan 1939 Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman Dean of a US graduate school
  • 05 Jan 1939 Felix Frankfurter is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Frankfurter had been born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to the U.S. with his family at age 12.
  • 06 Jan 1939 ''Naturwissenschaften'' publishes evidence that nuclear fission has been achieved by Otto Hahn.
  • 07 Jan 1939 US workers' union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916).
  • 13 Jan 1939 Belgian premier signs Burgos-treaty for trade relations with Franco.
  • 14 Jan 1939 All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends
  • 15 Jan 1939 Municipal Railway and Market St. RR begin service to Transbay Terminal
  • 16 Jan 1939 Comic strip Superman debuts in the USA.
  • 17 Jan 1939 Ed Barrow is elected New York Yankees president succeeding deceased J Ruppert.
  • 19 Jan 1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin, USA sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 seconds.
  • 21 Jan 1939 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer.
  • 22 Jan 1939 Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco California, is dedicated.
  • 23 Jan 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.
  • 24 Jan 1939 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile.
  • 25 Jan 1939 Joe Louis knocks out John Henry Lewis in one round for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 26 Jan 1939 Filming begins on Gone With the Wind
  • 27 Jan 1939 First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
  • 30 Jan 1939 Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
  • 24 Jan 1939 The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillán, killing approximately 28,000 people.