Friday, March 20, 2009

Fun Facts for 1939

U.S. President: Franklin Roosevelt

The first American-made helicopter capable of sustained flight is demonstrated at Bridgeport, Conn., September 14 by Igor Sikorsky, now 50, who has been in the United States since 1919 and sold his company to United Aircraft in 1929. Sikorsky's VS-300 has a rotor over its cabin and a smaller, vertical rotor at the tail, controlled by foot pedals, for torque and direction control; more than 400 of the craft will be produced by mid-1945 for use in rescue work and to some extent for detecting German U-boats

NBC televises opening ceremonies of the New York World's Fair at Flushing Meadows April 30. About 1,000 viewers see the telecast that is picked up by from 100 to 200 experimental receivers set up in the metropolitan area

Less than 60 percent of U.S. families own automobiles. The figure will rise to 80 percent by 1964
FM radio receivers go on sale for the first time

General Foods introduces the first precooked frozen foods under the Birds Eye label, marketing a chicken fricasee and criss-cross steak. Competitors come out within the year with "frosted" creamed chicken, beef stew, and roast turkey.

Cup-sizing for brassieres is introduced by Warner Brothers of Bridgeport, Conn., whose designer Leona Gross Lax, 48, has adapted the concept innovated by Maidenform.

The pressure cooker introduced at the New York World's Fair by National Presto Industries is a saucepan-like pot with a locking swivel lid. It does in minutes what used to take hours.

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