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1939 Trivia

<< - 1938
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:
Kentucky Derby:
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Ingrid Bergman, Claudette Colbert, Olivia de Havilland, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Myrna Loy, Brenda Marshall, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner
"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"

"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.

1939 Pop Culture News:
The popular dance craze in America, The Jitterbug, was a slang term (i.e. "the jitters") used to describe someone so under the influence, they'd shake or jitter.

War of the Worlds Broadcast

In September 1939 the last thing BBC television aired before going off the air was a Mickey Mouse cartoon. When broadcasts resumed in 1946, the same cartoon was replayed.

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.

World War II News:
The famous 'Keep Calm and Carry On' slogan was a propaganda poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War.

The last Nuremberg rally was planned for 1939 under the title 'Rally of Peace', but was cancelled on short notice when Hitler started the Second World War by invading Poland.

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
Popular Music in 1939 - # 1 Hits of 1939