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1939 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts


World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Green Bay Packers
Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins
U.S. Open Golf Byron Nelson
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Robert Riggs/Alice Marble
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bobby Riggs/Alice Marble
NCAA Football Champions: Texas A&M
NCAA Basketball Champions: Oregon
Kentucky Derby: Johnstown
The Hotties and Fashion Icons: Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Greta Garbo, Betty Grable, Joan Blondell
"The 1939 Quotes"

"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
- Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939, to the 62,000 who attended Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, at Yankee Stadium.

"There's no place like home"
"Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
- Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz'

"Better living through chemistry"
-DuPont

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"
- Clark Gable in 'Gone With The Wind'

"After all, tomorrow is another day!"
"As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."
- Vivien Leigh, in 'Gone with the Wind'

"Elementary, my dear Watson*"
- Basil Rathbone, in 'Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'
* never actually said in the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories about Mr. Holmes!

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"
- Margaret Hamilton, as the Wicked Witch of the West, in 'The Wizard of Oz'

"Either I'm dead right, or I'm crazy! "
-James Stewart, as Jefferson Smith in 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year Joseph Stalin
Miss America: Patricia Donnelly (Detroit Michigan)
The Scandal: The Los Angeles Times got the Oscar winner's names before the official presentations. THAT's why Price Waterhouse gained control of holding the winner's names, although they had been tabulating the votes since 1935.
Nerd News:
War of the Worlds Broadcast

The 1939/1940 New York World's Fair opened - 'The World of Tomorrow'

Penicillin, discovered in 1925, was tested on human beings, curing many diseases including tuberculosis and gonorrhea. It was the first true anibiotic.

NBC broadcast its first black-and-white television images. Only approximately 1,000 homes had television sets in the New York area at this time.

The Habit:

On March 3, 1939, Harvard freshman Lothrop Withington, Jr, became the first goldfish swallower, winning a $10.00 bet.

Other, less adventurous people, were reading John Steinbeck's 'Grapes of Wrath' or watching "Gone With The Wind' in movie theaters.

1st appearances & 1939's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents: Batman Comics, View-Master
Best Film Oscar Winner: Gone With the Wind

 

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