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What Happened In December 1939 In History

Historical Events for December, 1939

  • 4th » World War II: HMS Nelson 28 6 is struck by a sea mine mine (laid by GS U-31 1936 2) off the Scotland Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
  • 12th » Winter War: Battle of Tolvaj√§rvi Finland called Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict.
  • 12th » HMS Duchess H64 6 sinks after a collision with HMS Barham 04 6 off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men.
  • 13th » World War II: Battle of the River Plate Captain Hans Langsdorff of the Nazi Germany German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) 'German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee Admiral Graf Spee' engages with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter 68 6, HMS Ajax 22 6 a
  • 14th » Winter War: The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
  • 17th » World War II: Battle of the River Plate The 'German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee named Admiral Graf Spee' is scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.
  • 18th » World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight (1939) known as Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place.
  • 22nd » Indian Islam known as Muslims observe a "Day of Deliverance (India) or Day of Deliverance" to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with the Unite
  • 24th » World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
  • 27th » Erzincan, Turkey is hit by an 1939 Erzincan earthquake called earthquake, killing 30,000.
  • 27th » Winter War: Finland holds off a Soviet Union e.g Soviet attack in the Battle of Kelja.
  • 29th » First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.

Famous Birthdays on December in 1939

  • 1st » Lee Trevino, American golfer
  • 2nd » Yael Dayan, Israeli journalist, author, and politician
  • 2nd » Francis Fox, Canadian lawyer and politician, 48th Secretary of State for Canada
  • 2nd » Harry Reid, American lawyer and politician, 25th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
  • 3rd » Don Calfa, American actor
  • 3rd » John Paul, Sr. (racing driver) named John Paul, Sr., American race car driver
  • 4th » Joan Brady (American-British writer) known as Joan Brady, American-English author
  • 4th » Freddy Cannon, American singer and guitarist
  • 5th » Minita Chico-Nazario, Filipino lawyer and jurist
  • 7th » Blackie Dammett, American actor and author
  • 8th » Red Berenson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 8th » Jerry Butler, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Impressions)
  • 8th » James Galway, Irish flute player
  • 8th » Dariush Mehrjui, Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 8th » Soko Richardson, American drummer (Kings of Rhythm and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) (d. 2004)
  • 10th » Dick Bavetta, American basketball player and referee
  • 10th » Barry Cunliffe, English archaeologist and academic
  • 11th » Tom Hayden, American politician and activist
  • 11th » Thomas McGuane, American author
  • 13th » Eric Flynn, Chinese-Welsh actor and singer (d. 2002)
  • 14th » Ann Cryer, English academic and politician
  • 14th » Ernie Davis, American football player (d. 1963)
  • 15th » Alan Armstrong, American author
  • 15th » Cindy Birdsong, American singer-songwriter (The Supremes and Labelle)
  • 16th » Philip Langridge, English tenor and actor (d. 2010)
  • 16th » Gordon Miller (athlete) called Gordon Miller, British high jumper
  • 17th » James Booker, American pianist (d. 1983)
  • 17th » Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations) (d. 1992)
  • 18th » Michael Moorcock, English author and songwriter
  • 18th » Harold E. Varmus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine known as Nobel Prize laureate
  • 20th » Kathryn Joosten, American actress (d. 2012)
  • 21st » Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian academic and politician, 2nd Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada) or Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 22nd » James Gurley, American guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company) (d. 2009)
  • 23rd » La Lupe, Cuban-American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 25th » Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Pakistani businessman
  • 25th » Bob James (musician) known as Bob James, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Fourplay)
  • 25th » Akong Rinpoche, Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader (d. 2013)
  • 25th » Royce D. Applegate, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 26th » Fred Schepisi, Australian director and screenwriter
  • 26th » Phil Spector, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Teddy Bears)
  • 27th » John Amos, American actor
  • 28th » Philip Anschutz, American businessman, founded Anschutz Entertainment Group
  • 28th » Michael Hinz, German actor (d. 2008)
  • 28th » Michelle Urry, American journalist and illustrator (d. 2006)
  • 28th » Gloria Manon, American actress
  • 30th » Glenda Adams, Australian author and academic (d. 2007)
  • 30th » Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Mountain (band) called Mountain) (d. 1983)

Famous Deaths for December 1939

  • 3rd » Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (b. 1848)
  • 10th » John Grieb, American gymnast (b. 1879)
  • 12th » Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1883)
  • 19th » Hans Langsdorff, German captain (b. 1894)
  • 22nd » Ma Rainey, American singer (b. 1886)
  • 23rd » Anthony Fokker, Indonesian-Dutch aircraft designer, designed the Fokker Dr.I and Fokker D.VII (b. 1890)

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