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Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.

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  • June 3 – The Soviet government offers its definition of what constitutes "aggression", upon which the projected Anglo-Soviet-French alliance will come into effect. The French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet accepts the Soviet definition of aggression at once. The British reject the Soviet definition, especially the concept of "indirect aggression", which they feel is too loose a definition and phrased in such a manner as to imply the Soviet right of inference in the internal affairs of nations of Eastern Europe.
  • June 4 – The St. Louis, a ship carrying a cargo of 907 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Floridamarker after already having been turned away from Cubamarker. Forced to return to Europe, many of its passengers later die in Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.
  • June 12 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museummarker is officially dedicated in Cooperstown, New Yorkmarker.
  • June 14Tientsin Incident: The Japanese blockade the British concession in Tianjinmarker, Chinamarker, beginning a crisis which almost causes an Anglo-Japanese war in the summer of 1939.
  • June 17 – In the last public guillotining in France, murderer Eugen Weidmann is decapitated by the guillotine.
  • June 23 – Talks are completed in Ankaramarker between French Ambassador René Massigli and Turkish Foreign Minister Şükrü Saracoğlu, resolving the Hatay dispute in Turkey's favor. Turkeymarker annexes Hatay.
  • June 24 – The government of Siam changes its name to Thailandmarker, which means 'Free Land'.


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