Gramps' 70th Birthday

In celebration of my grandfather's birthday, where he will become an septuagenarian (now, that's a kick-ass word!) I'm posting this smattering of info about 1939 for ya'll.
For info about another year, check out The People History!
And have an awesome birthday Gramps!

In 1939:

January 1 – The Hewlett-Packard Company is founded.
February 27 – Sit-down strikes are outlawed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
March 3 – In Bombay, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India.
April 30 – The 1939 New York World's Fair opens.
May 2Major League Baseball's Lou Gehrig, the legendary Yankee first baseman known as "The Iron Horse", ends his 2,130 consecutive games played streak after contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The record stands for 56 years before Cal Ripken, Jr. plays 2,131 consecutive games.
June 12 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is officially dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
July 6 – The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed by the Nazis.
August 2Albert Einstein writes to President Franklin Roosevelt about developing the atomic bomb using uranium. This leads to the creation of the Manhattan Project.
September 1World War II: Nazi Germany invades Poland, beginning World War II in Europe.
October 24Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.
November 16Al Capone is released from Alcatraz.
December 2La Guardia Airport opens for business in New York City.

The price of things:

Average cost of new house; $3,800.00
Average wages per year; $1,730.00
Cost of a gallon of gas; $ .10
Average cost for house rent; $28.00 per month
A loaf of bread; $ .08
A pound of ground beef $ .14
Average price for new car $700.00
Toaster $16.00

Some famous 70 year olds:

January 17Maury Povich, American talk show host
March 13Neil Sedaka, American singer
April 7Francis Ford Coppola, American film director
April 23Lee Majors, American actor
May 25Dixie Carter, American actress
September 18Fred Willard, American comedian
November 26Tina Turner, American singer
December 2Harry Reid, American politician and U.S. Senate Majority Leader

What Americans watched and listened to:

Popular Films
Gone with the Wind
The Wizard of Oz
Stagecoach
Of Mice and Men
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Popular Music
Glen Miller has a series of hits including Moonlight Serenade, Moon Love, Over the Rainbow with Judy Garland and Stairway to the Stars.
Address Unknown by the Inkspots
When The Saints Go Marching In by Louis Armstrong
And The Angels Sing by Benny Goodman
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2 Response to "Gramps' 70th Birthday"

  1. granny Says:
    July 21, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Tina was able to have Dinner with hwer Gramps at His house tonight with The chikdren  We akk had a great night   Love you Granny

  2. Tina Says:
    July 23, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Aw, thanks, Granny. We did have a lot of fun, and what with the coffeepot explosion there was drama as well! Here's to living well, honeys...

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