News and Events of 1939

World Events

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Franklin D Roosevelt
Vice President: John N. Garner
Population: 130,879,718

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Economics

Federal spending:   $9.14 billion
Consumer Price Index:   13.9
Unemployment:   17.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.03


Sports

World Series
NY Yankees d. Cincinnati (4-0)
Stanley Cup
Boston d. Toronto (4-1)
Wimbledon
Women: Alice Marble d. K. Stammers (6-2 6-0)
Men: Bobby Riggs d. E. Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Johnstown
NCAA Basketball Championship
Oregon d. Ohio St. (46-33)
NCAA Football Champions
Texas A&M (11-0-0)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Drama: Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Robert E. Sherwood

Oscars awarded in 1939
Academy Award, Best Picture: You Can't Take It With You (Columbia)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Frans Eemil Sillanpää (Finland)

Miss America: Patricia Donnelly (MI)

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Events

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Adolf Butenandt (Germany), for work on sexual hormones (declined the prize); and Leopold Ruzicka (Switzerland), for work with polymethylenes

Physics: Ernest Orlando Lawrence (US), for development of the cyclotron

Physiology or Medicine: Gerhard Domagk (Germany), for antibacterial effect of prontocilate

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