Major Events of 1939

  • Madrid Surrenders
  • Germans enter Prague
  • Soviet-German nonagression treaty
  • Germany invades Poland
  • Pact of Steel
  • The White Paper
  • Hatch Act passes
  • DDT discovered as an insecticide
  • Einstein writes a letter to FDR
  • Passenger Service Across Atlantic Ocean
  • Igor Sikorsky Flies A Helicopter
  • Germans develop the first jet-powered airplane

    Sports Champions

    NCAA Football: Texas A&M; Record: 11-0-0
    Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings Series: 4-1
    US Open Golf: Byron Nelson Score: 284 Course: Philadelphia CC Location: Philadelphia, PA
    World Series: New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds Series: 4-0

    Pulitzer Prizes

    Drama: Robery E. Sherwood ... "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"
    Fiction: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings ... "The Yearling"
    History: Frank Luther Mott ... "A History of American Magazines"
    Public Service: "Miami Daily News"

    Nobel Prizes

    The prize was divided equally between: BUTENANDT, ADOLF FRIEDRICH JOHANN, Germany, Berlin University and Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut (now Max-Planck-Institut) fŸr Biochemie, Berlin-Dahlem, b. 1903, d. 1995: "for his work on sex hormones" (Caused by the authorities of his country to decline the award but later received the diploma and the medal); and RUZICKA LEOPOLD, Switzerland, Eidgenšssiche Technische Hochschule, (Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich, b. 1887 (in Vukovar, then Austria-Hungary), d. 1976: "for his work on polymethylenes and higher terpenes"

    SILLANP€€, FRANS EEMIL, Finland, b. 1888, d. 1964: "for his deep understanding of his country's peasantry and the exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their relationship with Nature"

    The prize money was allocated to the Main Fund (1/3) and to the Special Fund (2/3) of this prize section.

    Physiology or Medicine
    DOMAGK, GERHARD, Germany, Munster University, b. 1895, d. 1964: "for the discovery of the antibacterial effects of prontosil" (Caused by the authorities of his country to decline the award, but later received the diploma and the medal.)

    LAWRENCE, ERNEST ORLANDO, U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1901, d. 1958: "for the invention and development of the cyclotron and for results obtained with it, especially with regard to artificial radioactive elements"

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: "Gone With the Wind "
    Best Director: Victor Fleming ... "Gone With the Wind "
    Best Actor: Robert Donat ... "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
    Best Actress: Vivien Leigh ... "Gone with the Wind"

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    4. Destry Rides Again
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    8. The Grapes of Wrath
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    10. Hollywood Cavalcade