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1939 (Roman Numerals: MCMXXXIX) was the 39th year of the 20th century. 1939 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Sunday.
1939 is the year that World War II broke out in Europe after Germany invaded Poland, and Britain and France then declared war on Germany.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1939.
News Events of 1939
Nationalists led by Francisco Franco win Spanish Civil War.
Germany and Italy sign "Pact of Steel".
Germany annexes remaining Czech territories.
Italy occupies Albania.
Soviet-Japanese border war.
Germany invades Poland (beginning World War II).
USSR attacks Finland.
USSR expelled from the League of Nations.
Heinkel He 178 is the first jet aircraft to fly.
Gone with the Wind premiers.
Construction of the Jefferson Memorial begins.
Jan Smuts becomes Prime Minister of South Africa for the second time.
Sports in 1939
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