1939 was the year of the Rabbit (Earth) in the Chinese zodiac.


  • Gerardo Machado of Cuba dies.
  • Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, invades Poland. World War II officially begins.
  • Siam changes its name to Thailand
  • The MS Saint Louis sails to several nations seeking assylum for Jewish refugees.
  • US president Franklin D Roosevelt declares Thanksgiving to be on the 3rd Thursday of November. Controversy ensues.

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