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  Timeline: 1939  
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1939 Milan-San Remo Gino Bartali (Ita) 281.5 km
April 2, 1939 Tour of Flanders Karel Kaes (Bel) 230 km
April 9, 1939 Paris-Roubaix Emile Mason Jr (Bel) 262 km
April 28-May 18, 1939 Giro d'Italia Giovanni Valetti (Ita) 17 Stages, 3,011 km
May 14, 1939 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Albert Ritserveldt (Bel) 211 km
Not Held Vuelta a Espana   x x
Juy 10-30, 1939 Tour de France Sylvere Maes (Bel) 18 Stages, 4,222 km
Not Held World Championships   x x
October 23, 1939 Giro di Lombardia Gino Bartali (Ita) Milan-Milan, 231.4 km

•  March 28 - Fascist Dictator Francisco Franco, backed by the German and Italian governments, conquered Madrid and ended the brutal Spanish Civil War.

•  August 23 - with the non-aggression, Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact , Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin divide Eastern Europe. Finland, the Baltic States and eastern Poland fall under the control of the USSR. Western Poland was controlled Germany.

•  September 1 - Nazi Germany invaded Poland and started World War 2 in Europe.

•  September 3 - France and the United Kingdom declare war on Germany.

•  September 10 - Canada declared war on Germany.

•  September 17 - Soviet Union invaded Poland and occupied the eastern Polish territories.

•  September 27 - Warsaw surrender to the invading German forces.

•  Cinema - this was the greatest year ever for Hollywood. The film industry released such classics as: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, and Withering Height.

Notable Deaths -
* Tour de France Champion:
Louis Trousselier, 1881-1939, Tour de France champion in 1905.

James Neismith , 1862-1939, he devised the game of hoops in 1891. The game was meant to amuse children between football and baseball seasons. At the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts Neismith nailed two peach baskets, without bottoms, to the wall. The game of basketball was started.

 

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