ON THIS DAY in 1933, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was repealed, thereby making it legal once again to manufacture, transport and sell alcohol. This event was depicted in the 1939 Raoul Walsh film, THE ROARING TWENTIES, starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.
ON THIS DAY in 1939, the Battle of the River Plate began; the first naval battle of World War II, and the only hostilities of the war in South America. The battle was dramatized in the 1956 Powell/Pressburger film, BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE, or PURSUIT OF THE GRAF SPEE.
ON THIS DAY in 1884, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time, in England and Canada. Twain’s novel was adapted for the screen in 1939 as HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and starred Mickey Rooney.
ON THIS DAY in 1939, singer and actress Tina Turner was born. Turner was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1993 biographical film, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?.
ON THIS DAY in 1900, author and journalist Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta. The 1939 screen adaptation of Mitchell’s novel, GONE WITH THE WIND, starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
ON THIS DAY in 1939, the city of Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the forces of Nazi Germany. This event was portrayed in THE PIANIST, a 2002 film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody.