1939 in Michigan
|1939 in Michigan|
|History of Michigan|
Events from the year 1939 in Michigan.
- 1 Office holders
- 2 Population
- 3 Sports
- 4 Chronology of events
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
State office holders
- Governor of Michigan: Frank Fitzgerald (Republican)/Luren Dickinson (Republican)
- Lieutenant Governor of Michigan: Luren D. Dickinson (Republican)
- Michigan Attorney General: Thomas Read (Republican)
- Michigan Secretary of State: Harry Kelly (Republican)
- Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives: Howard Nugent
- Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court:
Mayors of major cities
- Mayor of Detroit: Richard Reading (Republican)
- Mayor of Grand Rapids: George W. Welsh
- Mayor of Flint: Harry M. Comins
- Mayor of Saginaw: Francis J. McDonald/John W. Symons, Jr.
- Mayor of Lansing: Max A. Templeton
- Mayor of Ann Arbor: Walter C. Sadler
Federal office holders
- U.S. Senator from Michigan: Prentiss M. Brown (Democrat)
- U.S. Senator from Michigan: Arthur Vandenberg (Republican)
- House District 1: Rudolph G. Tenerowicz (Democrat)
- House District 2: Earl C. Michener (Republican)
- House District 3: Paul W. Shafer (Republican)
- House District 4: Clare Hoffman (Republican)
- House District 5: Bartel J. Jonkman (Republican)
- House District 6: William W. Blackney (Republican)
- House District 7: Jesse P. Wolcott (Republican)
- House District 8: Fred L. Crawford (Republican)
- House District 9: Albert J. Engel (Republican)
- House District 10: Roy O. Woodruff (Republican)
- House District 11: Frederick Van Ness Bradley (Republican)
- House District 12: Frank Eugene Hook (Democrat)
- House District 13: Clarence J. McLeod (Republican)
- House District 14: Louis C. Rabaut (Democrat)
- House District 15: John D. Dingell Sr. (Democrat)
- House District 16: John Lesinski Sr. (Democrat)
- House District 17: George Anthony Dondero (Republican)
In the 1930 United States Census, Michigan was recorded as having a population of 4,842,325, ranking as the seventh most populous state in the country. By 1940, Michigan's population had increased by 8.5% to 5,256,106.
The following is a list of cities in Michigan with a population of at least 20,000 based on 1930 U.S. Census data. Historic census data from 1920 and 1940 is included to reflect trends in population increases or decreases. Cities that are part of the Detroit metropolitan area are shaded in tan.
|City||County||1920 Pop.||1930 Pop.||1940 Pop.||Change 1930-40|
|15||Port Huron||St. Clair||25,944||31,361||32,759||4.5%|
The following is a list of counties in Michigan with populations of at least 50,000 based on 1930 U.S. Census data. Historic census data from 1920 and 1940 are included to reflect trends in population increases or decreases.
|County||Largest city||1920 Pop.||1930 Pop.||1940 Pop.||Change 1930-40|
|14||St. Clair||Port Huron||58,009||67,563||76,222||12.8%|
- 1939 Detroit Tigers season – Under manager Del Baker, the Tigers compiled an 81-73 record and finished in fifth place in the American League. The team's statistical leaders included Charlie Gehringer with a .325 batting average, Hank Greenberg with 33 home runs and 113 RBIs, Tommy Bridges and Bobo Newsom with 17 wins each, and Newsom with a 3.37 earned run average.
- 1939 Michigan Wolverines baseball season - Under head coach Ray Fisher, the Wolverines compiled an 18–9–2 record. Walter Peckinpaugh was the team captain.
- 1939 Detroit Lions season – Under head coach Gus Henderson, the Lions compiled a 6–5 record and placed third in the NFL's Western Division. The team's statistical leaders included Dwight Sloan with 658 passing yards, Bill Shepherd with 420 rushing yards, and Chuck Hanneman with 257 receiving yards and 29 points scored.
- 1939 Michigan Wolverines football team – Under head coach Fritz Crisler, the Wolverines compiled a 6–2 record, tied for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked No. 20 in the final AP Poll. Tom Harmon was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player and was also named a consensus All-American.
- 1939 Michigan State Spartans football team – Under head coach Charlie Bachman, the Spartans compiled a 4–4–1 record.
- 1939 Detroit Titans football team – The Titans compiled a 5–3–1 record under head coach Gus Dorais.
- 1939 Central Michigan Bearcats football team - Under head coach Ron Finch the Bercats compiled an 8–1 record.
- 1938 Western State Hilltoppers football team - Under head coach Mike Gary, the Hilltoppers compiled a 2–6–1 record.
- 1939 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team - Under head coach Elton Rynearson, the Hurons compiled a 3–3–1 record.
- 1939 Wayne Tartars football team – The Tartars compiled a 4–5 record under head coach Joe Gembis.
- 1938–39 Detroit Titans men's basketball team – Under head coach Lloyd Brazil, the Titans compiled a 15–5 record.
- 1938–39 Wayne Tartars men's basketball team – Under coach Newman Ertell, Wayne compiled a 14–5 record.
- 1938–39 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team – Under head coach Bennie Oosterbaan, the Wolverines compiled an 11–9 record.
- 1938–39 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team – Under head coach Benjamin Van Alstyne, the Spartans compiled a 9–8 record.
- 1938–39 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team – Under head coach Buck Read, the Broncos compiled a 7–10 record.
- 1938–39 Detroit Red Wings season – Under coach Jack Adams, the Red Wings compiled an 18–24–6 record and finished in fifth place in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team's statistical leaders included Syd Howe with 16 goals, Marty Barry and 41 points. Tiny Thompson was the team's goaltender.
- 1938–39 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team – Under head coach Ed Lowrey, the Wolverines compiled an 8–8–2 record.
- 1938–39 Michigan Tech Huskies men's ice hockey team – Under head coach Ed Maki, the Huskies compiled a 6–8 record.
Chronology of events
- January 23 - Brothers Hildebrandt, fantasy and science fiction artists, in Detroit
- February 3 - Johnny Bristol, musician, most famous as a songwriter and record producer for Motown, in Detroit
- April 5 - Ronald White, co-founder of The Miracles, in Detroit
- April 10 - Alan Rothenberg, lawyer and sports executive, President of the U.S. Soccer Federation (1990–1998), in Detroit
- April 23 - Lee Majors, actor (The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy), in Wyandotte, Michigan
- May 11 - Milt Pappas, Major League Baseball pitcher (1957–1973) and 3x All-Star, in Detroit
- June 6 - Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, pianist, bandleader, songwriter, occasional singer, and record producer, in Detroit
- September 1 - Lily Tomlin, actress, comedian, and writer (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Nashville, Grace and Frankie), in Detroit
- October 30 - Eddie Holland, a member of Motown's Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting and production team, in Detroit
- November 3 - Howard Wolpe, U.S. Congressman (1979-1993), in Saugatuck, Michigan
- November 19 - Warren "Pete" Moore, bass singer for The Miracles, in Detroit
- December 11 - Tom Hayden, activist, author and politician, best for his role as an anti-war, civil rights, and counterculture activist, in Detroit
- December 20 - Kim Weston, Motown singer, in Detroit
Gallery of 1939 births
- March 16 - Frank Fitzgerald, Governor of Michigan (1935-1937, 1939), at age 54 in Grand Ledge, Michigan
- June 26 - Ford Madox Ford, novelist (The Good Soldier) who taught at Olivet College, at age 65 in France
- September 29 - Irving Kane Pond, architect, scored the first touchdown in University of Michigan football history in 1879, at age 82 in Washington, D.C.
- December 12 - Carl E. Mapes, U.S. Congressman (1913–1939), at age 64
Gallery of 1939 deaths
- Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, Volume 1 Population. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1930. pp. 512–514.
- Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, Volume 1 Population. U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1930. pp. 515–516.
- "1939 Detroit Tigers Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "2012 University of Michigan Baseball Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. 2012. pp. 22, 70. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
- 2012 Record Book, p. 13.
- "1939 Detroit Lions Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "1939 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
- "1939 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
- "1939 Detroit Mercy Titans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 109. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "Football Records: Annual Results". Western Michigan University. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "2015 Eastern Michigan Football Digital Media Guide" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 162, 170. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Wayne State University. pp. 111, 114. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
- "1938-39 Detroit Mercy Titans Roster and Stats". SR/CBB. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "2015-16 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Wayne State University. p. 48. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "1938-39 Michigan Wolverines Roster and Stats". SR/CBB. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "1938-39 Michigan State Spartans Roster and Stats". SR/CBB. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "1938-39 Western Michigan Broncos Roster and Stats". SR/CBB. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "1938-39 Detroit Red Wings Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- "Michigan Team History". College Hockey News. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- "Michigan Tech Team History". College Hockey News. Retrieved July 31, 2017.