June 1939 in history

June 1939 events chronologically

Jun 1 First flight of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter-bomber airplane
Jun 4 Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps
Jun 6 Judge Joseph Force Crater, known as the "Missingest Man in New York", is declared legally dead
Jun 12 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor
Jun 12 The Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York
Jun 17 Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison
Jun 24 Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the country's third prime minister

Top 7 most famous people born in June 1939

Jun 5 Joe Clark a Canadian statesman, businessman, writer, and university professor, and former journalist and politician. He served as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 4, 1979, to March 3, 1980
Jun 8 Norman Davies a British-Polish historian noted for his publications on the history of Europe, Poland and the United Kingdom. He is widely regarded as one of the preeminent historians of Central and Eastern European history. He is the UNESCO Professor at the Jagiellonian University, Professor Emeritus at the University College London, a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and an Honorary Fellow at Antony’s College, Oxford
Jun 11 Jackie Stewart a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. Nicknamed the "Flying Scot", he competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers' Championships. He also competed in Can-Am. In 2009 he was ranked fifth of the fifty greatest Formula One drivers of all time by journalist Kevin Eason who wrote: "He has not only emerged as a great driver, but one of the greatest figures of motor racing."
Jun 14 Steny Hoyer the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district, serving since 1981. The district includes a large swath of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C.. He is a member of the Democratic Party
Jun 17 Krzysztof Zanussi a Polish film director and producer.
Jun 22 Ada Yonath an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. She is the current director of the Helen and Milton Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2009, she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas Steitz for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, becoming the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize out of ten Israeli Nobel laureates, the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences, and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. However, she said herself that there was nothing special about a woman winning the Prize
Jun 27 R. D. Burman considered one of the seminal music directors of the Indian film industry. Nicknamed Pancham da, he was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman

Top 7 most famous people died in June 1939

Jun 2 Enrique Fernández Arbós a Spanish violinist, composer and conductor who divided much of his career between Madrid and London. He originally made his name as a virtuoso violinist and later as one of Spain’s greatest conductors
Jun 14 Vladislav Khodasevich an influential Russian poet and literary critic who presided over the Berlin circle of Russian emigre litterateurs.
Jun 16 Chick Webb an American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader.
Jun 17 Eugen Weidmann the last person to be publicly executed in France. Executions by guillotine in France continued in private until September 10, 1977, when Hamida Djandoubi was the last person to be executed
Jun 22 Benjamin Tucker a proponent, in the 19th century, of American individualist anarchism, which he called "unterrified Jeffersonianism," and editor and publisher of the individualist anarchist periodical Liberty.
Jun 23 Mark Gertler (artist) a British painter of figure subjects, portraits and still-life.
Jun 26 Ford Madox Ford an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature. He is now remembered best for his publications The Good Soldier , the Parade's End tetralogy and The Fifth Queen trilogy. The Good Soldier is frequently included among the great literature of the 20th century, including the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, The Observer's "100 Greatest Novels of All Time", and The Guardian's "1000 novels everyone must read"