1939 Newspapers

What happened in 1939 that made it onto the front pages of some of the nation’s most renowned newspapers? You can find out through our collection of authentic newspapers from some of the nation’s most trusted publications.

An authentic newspaper is a great gift idea for someone who is interested in history, or to commemorate this year in history. The 1930s were almost over, and it hadn’t been the easiest decade for America or the world. America was in the grips of an economic crisis which had lasted the whole decade. This was the year World War Two would start, resulting in one of the most destructive, bloody and heartbreaking wars that the world has ever seen. Find out what it felt like to live during this tense year in history through first hand accounts from people who lived it.

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1939 Newspapers

1939 Newspaper Headlines

The world in 1939 didn’t feel like the most safe place. Germany’s invasion of Poland marked the beginning of WWII, commencing the 6 year war that would devastate and destroy the lives of millions of people. 1939 headlines includes the declaration of war on Germany by the allied forces, the United States announcing its neutrality in the war, and Adolf Hitler’s narrow escape of an assassination attempt in Munich.

1939 was a fascinating year in history, filled with events that would forever change the course of history. Read about how the war began step by step, with reports covering the beginning of it all. The best way to understand our world today is to gain an insight into the past and the people and events, good and bad, that have shaped society and the world today. A 1939 newspaper can give perspective on all of these things.

Also, take a look at a full breakdown of the year 1939 in our 1939 timeline.

January 1, 1939
The Hewlett-Packard Company is founded and becomes the largest technology company in the world.

January 5, 1939 
Amelia Earhart is officially declared dead after her 1937 disappearance.

February 6, 1939
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain officially declares that any German attack on France will also be considered an attack on Great Britain.

March 2, 1939
Pope Pius XII (Cardinal Pacelli) succeeds Pope Pius XI as the 260th Pope.

April 1, 1939
The Spanish Civil War comes to an end when the last of the Republican forces surrender.

April 14, 1939
John Steinbeck’s classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is published for the first time.

April 30, 1939 
The 1939 New York World’s Fair opens.

May 1, 1939 
Batman makes his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.

June 17, 1939
Murderer Eugen Weidmann is decapitated by the guillotine in the last public guillotining to take place in France.

June 24, 1939
The government of Siam changes its name to Thailand, which means ‘Free Land’.

August 2, 1939 
Albert Einstein writes to President Franklin D. Roosevelt about developing the atomic bomb using uranium. This leads to the creation of the Manhattan Project.

August 15, 1939 
MGM’s classic musical film The Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum’s famous novel, and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

September 1, 1939
Nazi Germany invades Poland, thus beginning the Second World War in Europe.

September 3, 1939
The United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany.

September 5, 1939
The United States declares its neutrality in the war.

November 8, 1939
Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Munich by Georg Elser, while celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.

November 16, 1939
Al Capone is released from Alcatraz prison.

December 15, 1939 
The film Gone with the Wind premieres at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Mitchell and is the longest American film made up to this time (almost four hours long).

December 27, 1939
The 1939 Erzincan earthquake kills 30,000 people in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. The earthquake features seven powerful tremors and one of these tremors is measured at 8.2 on the Richter scale of magnitude.

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Rated 4.2 out of 5

based on 42 reviews

Charlotte Sciarrino January 25 2022

Horrible experience. Never received the product and my husbands 50th birthday came and went. Can’t get a hold of anyone. At this point I need a refund

  • Historic Newspapers Team January 27 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    As we deal with over 3 million original newspapers in our Archive, dating back to the early 1900’s to present date, it is only when your newspaper is picked by a member of our Archive Team will we know the condition of that newspaper. We do try our best to repair the newspaper, however unfortunately on occasions this is just not possible and the paper becomes unfit for purpose and becomes unsellable.

    An email was sent to you advising of this information and unfortunately as we no longer had any available newspapers for your requested date, our only option was to cancel your order and process a full refund, which has been issued to you.

    Please do accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

    Kindest Regards
    The Historic Newspapers Team

Maria C. January 24 2022

Although the newspaper was a little expensive, it is exactly what I needed and in great condition. I am very happy with the product I received!

Suzanne Stillings January 24 2022

Excellent quality and prompt delivery.nVery happy with this product.

Erin Wood January 17 2022

Awesome gift idea!

Karen Pascale January 16 2022

WRONG EDITION RECEIVED! I ordered a particular day's newspaper, and they sent me a "FINAL - SPORTS EXTRA" edition instead of the main edition. I had no idea they had more than one edition of that day's newspaper. I sent them a picture of the edition I wanted. Still no luck. And they won't refund my money unless I pay for shipping both ways.

  • Historic Newspapers Team January 25 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    As a personalized gift company, the personalization for an original newspaper is the requested date not the headline. As there are multiple editions of newspapers printed throughout the day, unfortunately we do not confirm which edition we have received, as this could vary from each day. As you have requested the New York Post for a certain day, this is what you have received.

    We do not hold the information on file that is printed within the newspapers, therefore if a customer is looking for a specific article/headline, then our research facility can be used and our Researcher will go into the Archive Center, look and confirm what you are looking for before an order is placed.

    As your order has been processed as requested, if you no longer wish to keep the newspaper received, it would need to be returned at the customer’s cost. Historic Newspapers will only cover the return costs only if there is a fault on our behalf.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenienced caused.

    Kindest Regards
    The Historic Newspapers Team

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Robert January 10 2022

The quality of the paper I got was everything I could have asked for.

Lauren January 8 2022

In great condition- very cool gift!

Richard January 8 2022

Giddy with delight!

Lynn December 23 2021

Great condition, perfect gift for my 83 year old father. Shipping quickly, nice packaging.