The only cartoon ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, this 1939 Hugh
Harman cartoon shows a post-apocalyptic world populated by animals picking up
the pieces after a war kills every human on earth
Other Important stuff that year...
•US Population: 130,879,718
•Oscars Best Picture - Gone With The Wind
which also had best Actress Vivian Leigh
(Scarlett) and Best Supporting Actress Hattie
McDaniel (Mamie). 1939 is undoubtedly the most
celebrated year in American film history - the
year produced more outstanding films than any
other 12-month period.
•Germany invades Poland; occupies Bohemia and Moravia; renounces pact with England and concludes 10-year non-aggression pact with U.S.S.R.
•Russo-Finnish War begins; Finns to lose one-tenth of territory in 1940
peace treaty. •World War II begins.
•As World War II begins, Roosevelt submits $1,319-million defense budget, proclaims U.S. neutrality, and declares limited emergency.
•New York World's Fair opens. Background: exposition
•Daughters of the American Revolution refuses to allow Marian Anderson to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
•U.S. Department of Agriculture starts first food stamp program in Rochester,
N.Y. Program ends in 1943.
Hitler announces that Czechoslovakia has become a German Protectorate and its
occupation begins the following day.
The Spanish Civil War ends.
A non-aggression pact is signed between Germany and Soviet Union in Moscow.
Germany invades Poland. Although Hitler states,
"I will not war against women and children. I
have ordered my air force to restrict itself to
attacks on military
objectives." Early bombing attacks are made on
Polish cities, including Warsaw.
No TV in US until 1941
The first Pan American World Airways Boeing 314
flying boat is named 'Yankee Clipper' by Mrs
Franklin D. Roosevelt at a ceremony in
Piloted by Flugkapitän Hans Dieterle, Heinkel
He100V-8 establishes new world speed record of
746kph (463mph) at Oranienburg, Germany.
Flugkapitän Fritz Wendel, flying Messerschmitt
Me209V1, establishes a new world top speed
record of 755kph (469mph). This record will not
be broken for 30 years.
The first large scale air battle between Soviet
and Japanese aircraft occurs in Outer Mongolia
near Khalkin Gol.