April 1939 in history

April 1939 events chronologically

Apr 1 Spanish Civil War: Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender
Apr 4 Faisal II becomes King of Iraq
Apr 7 World War II: Italy invades Albania
Apr 9 Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall
Apr 14 The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press
Apr 20 Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday is celebrated as a national holiday in Nazi Germany
Apr 20 Billie Holiday records the first civil rights song "Strange Fruit"

Top 7 most famous people born in April 1939

Apr 2 Marvin Gaye an American singer-songwriter and musician.
Apr 7 Francis Ford Coppola an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking
Apr 7 David Frost an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and television host.
Apr 13 Seamus Heaney an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the early 1960s, he became a lecturer in Belfast after attending university there and began to publish poetry. He lived in Sandymount, Dublin, from 1972 until his death
Apr 16 Dusty Springfield an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989. She is a member of both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. Her image, supported by a peroxide blonde bouffant hairstyle, evening gowns, and heavy make-up, made her an icon of the Swinging Sixties
Apr 20 Gro Harlem Brundtland a former Prime Minister of Norway, a current Special Envoy with the United Nations, and the Deputy Chair of The Elders.
Apr 27 João Bernardo Vieira the President of Guinea-Bissau from 1980 to 1984, for the second time from 1984 to 1999, and for the third time from 2005 to 2009. After seizing power in 1980, Vieira ruled for 19 years, and he won a multiparty presidential election in 1994. He was ousted at the end of the 1998–1999 civil war and went into exile. He made a political comeback in 2005, winning that year's presidential election. Vieira was killed by soldiers on 2 March 2009, apparently in retaliation for a bomb blast that killed Guinea-Bissau's military chief General Batista Tagme Na Waie. The military officially denied these allegations after Army officials claimed responsibility for Vieira's death

Top 7 most famous people died in April 1939

Apr 1 Anton Makarenko a Russian and Soviet educator and writer, who promoted democratic ideas and principles in educational theory and practice. As one of the founders of Soviet pedagogy, he elaborated the theory and methodology of upbringing in self-governing child collectives and introduced the concept of productive labor into the educational system. Makarenko is often reckoned among the world’s great educators, and his books have been published in many countries
Apr 4 Ghazi of Iraq the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1933 to 1939 having been briefly Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Syria in 1920. He was born in Mecca , the only son of Faisal I, the first King of Iraq
Apr 7 Joseph Lyons an Australian politician. He was Labor Premier of Tasmania from 1923 to 1928 and a Minister in the James Scullin government from 1929 until his resignation from the Labor Party in March 1931. He subsequently led the United Australia Party and was the tenth Prime Minister of Australia from January 1932 until his death
Apr 11 S. S. Van Dine Van Dine is the pseudonym used by American art critic Willard Huntington Wright when he wrote detective novels. Wright was an important figure in avant-garde cultural circles in pre-WWI New York, and under the pseudonym he created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, a sleuth and aesthete who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio
Apr 18 Matthew Nathan a British soldier and civil servant, who variously served as the Governor of Sierra Leone, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Natal and Queensland. He was Under-Secretary for Ireland from 1914 to 1916, and was responsible, with the Chief Secretary, Augustine Birrell, for co-ordinating the British response to the Easter Rising in Ireland
Apr 24 Louis Trousselier a French racing cyclist.
Apr 25 Archibald Leitch a Scottish architect, most famous for his work designing football stadiums throughout the British Isles.