February 1939 in history

February 1939 events chronologically

Feb 5 Generalísimo Francisco Franco becomes the 68th "Caudillo de España", or Leader of Spain
Feb 10 Spanish Civil War: The Nationalists conclude their conquest of Catalonia and seal the border with France
Feb 11 A Lockheed P-38 Lightning flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes
Feb 27 United States labor law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal
Feb 28 The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation

Top 7 most famous people born in February 1939

Feb 2 Dale T. Mortensen an American economist. He received his B.A. in economics from Willamette University and his PhD in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Born in Enterprise, Oregon, he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He had been on the faculty of Northwestern University since 1965 and a professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management since 1980. He was the Niels Bohr Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics jointly with Christopher Pissarides from the London School of Economics and Peter Diamond from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 "for their analysis of markets with search frictions". In May 2011, Mortensen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, Willamette University. He was married to Beverly Mortensen, also a Northwestern Professor
Feb 3 Michael Cimino an American film director, screenwriter, producer and author. He is best known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter, and for writing and directing 1980s financial failure Heaven's Gate
Feb 10 Adrienne Clarkson a Canadian journalist and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 26th since Canadian Confederation.
Feb 12 Ray Manzarek an American musician, singer, producer, film director, and author, best known as a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973. He was a co-founding member of Nite City from 1977 to 1978, and of Manzarek–Krieger from 2001 to his death
Feb 14 Eugene Fama an American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics, known for his work on portfolio theory and asset pricing, both theoretical and empirical.
Feb 28 Chögyam Trungpa a Buddhist meditation master and holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, the eleventh Trungpa tülku, a tertön, supreme abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and originator of a radical re-presentation of Shambhala vision.
Feb 28 Daniel C. Tsui a Chinese-born American physicist whose areas of research included electrical properties of thin films and microstructures of semiconductors and solid-state physics. He was previously the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University and adjunct senior research scientist in the Department of Physics at Columbia University, where he was a visiting professor from 2006 to 2008. Currently, he is a research professor at Boston University. In 1998, along with Horst Störmer of Columbia and Robert Laughlin of Stanford, Tsui was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect

Top 7 most famous people died in February 1939

Feb 2 Vladimir Shukhov a Russian engineer-polymath, scientist and architect renowned for his pioneering works on new methods of analysis for structural engineering that led to breakthroughs in industrial design of world's first hyperboloid structures, diagrid shell structures, tensile structures, gridshell structures, oil reservoirs, pipelines, boilers, ships and barges. He is also the inventor of the first cracking method
Feb 4 Edward Sapir widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the early development of the discipline of linguistics.
Feb 10 Pope Pius XI born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti , reigned from 6 February 1922 to his death in 1939. He was the first sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state on 11 February 1929. He took as his papal motto, "Pax Christi in Regno Christi," translated "The Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ."
Feb 11 Franz Schmidt an Austrian composer, cellist and pianist.
Feb 22 Antonio Machado a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98.
Feb 22 Alexander Yegorov (military) a Soviet military leader during the Russian Civil War, when he commanded the Red Army's Southern Front and played an important part in defeating the White forces in Ukraine. In 1920 Yegorov was one of the Red Army commanders during the Polish-Soviet War. In this campaign he was a close colleague of Stalin and of Semyon Budyonny
Feb 27 Nadezhda Krupskaya a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary and politician , and the wife of Vladimir Lenin from 1898 until his death in 1924.