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July 4 Nycon (First Worldcon)
July FAPA Interregnum starts
August Start of War in Europe
August First known use of Bug-Eyed Monster in print in Thrilling Wonder Stories .
August First known use of Goshwowboyohboy also in Thrilling Wonder Stories
Fall Philcon 1939
November 5 First official meeting of the Futurian Society of Sydney
December Arkham House's first publication published.
The rise of Claude Degler
Planet Stories started
Third British Convention in London

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