April 2, 1977 – that was the day of our wedding in a Cleveland (Ohio) suburb. It was cross-state from my home, but a good group of my family and friends attended.
I graduated the previous June, then came to Cincinnati for my first job. She graduated a few weeks before the wedding, then joined me in Cincinnati after our honeymoon in Hilton Head, SC.
Since then, she knows I love trivia – or in her terms – useless information – this is the perfect post for our celebration – more useless information the number 39 in one place than one ever imagined. Yep – I’m quite the romantic.
Тридесет девет (Bulgarian), Trenta nove (Italian), Tridsať deväť (Slovak), Trettio nio (Swedish), Ba mươi chín (Vietnamese), XXXIX (Roman numerals) … Know any others?
39 – a natural number, an odd integer that is divisible by 1, 3, 13, and 39
39 – a distinct semiprime number, a Perfect totient number, a Perrin number, Størmer number
39 – the number of edges on a F26A graph
39 – the sum of consecutive primes (3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13) and the product of the second and sixth prime (3 x 13)
39 – the atomic number of yttrium, whose neutrally charged atom has 39 protons and 39 electrons
Brodmann area 39 (BA39) – part of the human brain’s parietal cortex
39 – Number of chromosome pairs in the cells of African wild dogs, Chickens, Coyotes, Dholes, Dingos, Dogs, Doves, and Golden Jackal
39 – the Saros series number for 73 lunar eclipses over 1298.1 years
39 – the star number that is in many constellations including Andromeda, Aquarius, Auriga, Boötes,Cancer, Draco, Eridanus, and more
39 – according to Halakha, the number of activity categories prohibited on Shabbat
39 – the number of mentions of work or labor in the Torah
39 – the actual number of lashes given by the Sanhedrin to a person meted the punishment of 40 lashes
39 – according to Protestant canon, the number of books in the Old Testament
39 – the number of statements in Anglican Church doctrine known as the Thirty-Nine Articles
Papyrus 39 – an early papyrus manuscript of the New Testament in Greek of the Gospel of John, but only John 8:14-22
39 – other than numerical designations for pages, chapters, etc, 39 does not directly appear in the Bible
In Arts and Entertainment
39 – Comedian Jack Benny’s perpetual age after 40
39th Tony Awards – winner include Biloxi Blues, Big River, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
The Thirty-Nine Steps – a novel by John Buchan (1915), which has been transformed into multiple films (info later), a play, a television feature, and a video game
The 39 Clues – a book series revolving around 39 clues hidden around the world.
39 – the number of days contestants compete on Survivor (the CBS reality show)
39 – the number of episodes done the 1955-1956 season of The Honeymooners (commonly referred to as the “Classic 39”).
The 39 Steps is a 2008 BBC adventure feature-length adaptation of the John Buchan novel The Thirty-Nine Steps
39th Emmys – winners included Golden Girls (Best Comedy) and L.A. Law (Best Drama)
Based on The Thirty-Nine Steps – the novel by John Buchan (1915) – are four versions:
- The 39 Steps (1935 film), directed by Alfred Hitchcock
- The 39 Steps (1959 film), directed by Ralph Thomas
- The Thirty Nine Steps (1978 film), directed by Don Sharp
- The 39 Steps (2008 film), directed by James Hawes
Glorious 39 – a 2009 drama film set at the beginning of World War II
39th Academy Awards – Oscars go to A Man for All Seasons (Best Picture), Fred Zinnemann (Best Actor), and Elizabeth Taylor (Best Actress)
39 Steps (band), a rock band appearing in Woody Allen’s film Hannah and Her Sisters
39 – a song by The Cure and Tenacious D
FabricLive.39 – a 2008 mix album by DJ Yoda
Fabric 39 – a 2008 album by Robert Hood.
39 Steps – an album by guitarist John Abercrombie (2013)
Now 39 (aka Now That’s What I Call Music! 39) – the 39th release of music featuring top singles i the UK.
Symphony No. 39 in G minor – written by Joseph Haydn 1767/1768)
In World History
39 – Forty save one: the traditional number of times citizens of Ancient Rome hit their slaves
39 – the duration (in nanoseconds) of the nuclear reaction in the largest nuclear explosion ever (the Russian Tsar Bomba detonated on 30 October 1961)
39 – the number of Scud missiles Iraq fired at Israel during the Gulf War (1991)
Year 39 CE
- A common year starting on Thursday
- Tigellinus, minister and favorite of the Roman emperor Nero, is banished for adultery with Caligula’s sisters.
- Philo leads a Jewish delegation to Rome to protest the anti-Jewish conditions in Alexandria.
- The Trung Sisters resist the Chinese influences in Vietnam.
- Born – Lucan (Roman poet) and Titus Flavius (future Roman emperor)
- Deaths – Seneca the Elder (Roman rhetorician)
Year 39 BC
- A common year starting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or a leap year starting on Saturday
- Sextus Pompey (self-proclaimed “son of Neptune”) controlled Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica
- Born – Antonia Major (daughter of Mark Antony, grandmother of Nero and Messalin),
Julia the Elder (daughter of Caesar Augustus)
In US History
39 – the number of signers to the United States Constitution
39th President of the United States – Jimmy Carter
Number 39 – the Federalist Paper essay by James Madison describing the nature of the United States government as a new idea. (The Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles,
published January 18, 1788)
Title 39 – the United States Code outlining the role of United States Postal Service
39th Congress – served from 4 March 1865 – 4 March 1867 during the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln (1 month) and Andrew Johnson
39 – the number of wooden boards normally consisting a bowling lane
Retired #39 Uniforms
MLB – Roy Campanella (Dodgers)
NFL – Larry Csonka (Dolphins)
NBA – none
NHL – Dominik Hašek (Sabres)
Super Bowl XXXIX – New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 on February 6, 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida
NASCAR #39 – in 422 races, #39 won 4 races (all by Ryan Newman)
39th Parallel north – crosses land in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, China, North Korea, Japan, and United States
39th Parallel south – crosses land in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina
39th Meridian west – crosses land in Greenland and Brazil
39 Meridian east – crosses in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique
National Highway 39 – found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany
India, Iran, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States
Pier 39 – a shopping center and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco, California
I-39 – a US interstate highway from Normal, Illinois to Wausau, Wisconsin
The 39 Steps is video game adaptation of Buchan’s book
39 – the international code for direct-dialed phone calls to Italy
ICL Series 39 – a range of mainframe and minicomputer computer systems released by the UK manufacturer ICL in 1985
Curse of 39 – the belief in some parts of Afghanistan that the number 39 is cursed or a badge of shame associated with prostitution
39 – Japanese Internet chat slang for “Thank You” when written with numbers (3=San 9=Kyuu)
Lace – the traditional gift for a 39th wedding anniversary