- 3rd September 1939; Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announces that Britain is at war with Germany. WW2.
In Northern England:
- 20th January 1939: opening of the £30,000 pithead baths at Murton Colliery.
- 22nd April 1939: Cullercoats Lifeboat Disaster.
- 19th August 1939: Malcolm Campbell sets new Water Speed Record on Coniston Water
- 1939: Opening of the Royal Navy Armaments Depot - RNAD Broughton Moor, in Cumbria