George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
In what became known as the Louisiana Purchase, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
A 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fights a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in the battle of Camarón.
Alice B. Toklas (The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook) born in San Francisco.
A close associate of author Gertrude Stein, her secretary, cook, & confidante in Paris in her literary salon.
Czech novelist Jaroslav Haek (The Good Soldier Schweik) born in Prague.
Poet, essayist and critic,John Crowe Ransom born in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Blues and gospel singer and guitarist, Reverend Gary Davis born in Laurens, South Carolina.
John Luther "Casey" Jones, veteran engineer of the Chicago & New Orleans Limited, dies at the throttle in an effort to slow down the hurtling Cannonball express.
Actress Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks) born in Mill Valley, California.
Singer/songwriter Willie Nelson born in Abbott, Texas.
A rabbit that was a prototype of Bugs Bunny was introduced in the cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt.>
The 1939 New York World's Fair opens.
The beginning of Operation Mincemeat takes place when the British submarine HMS Seraph surfaces in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain and releases the body of a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer.
Singer Bobby Vee (The Night Has a Thousand Eyes)born in Fargo, North Dakota.
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for a day.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist Mimi Fariña born in Mill Valley, California.
Folksinger/novelist Richard Fariña is killed in a motorcycle accident two days after the publication of his book "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me", in Carmel, California.
The Church of Satan is established at the Black House at 6114 California St, San Francisco, California.
The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender by South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.
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