What was happening in the world when the Ducks won their last MBB national title?

The 1939 National Championship trophy at Oregon's Final Four open practice
The 1939 National Championship trophy at Oregon's Final Four open practice / Tom Pennington/GettyImages

The Oregon men’s basketball team has just one national title to its name, and it was the first NCAA Tournament ever.

On March 27, 1939, the Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes tipped off the final of the inaugural NCAA Tournament and Oregon walked away victorious 46-33.

Over the last 85 years, Oregon has had trips to the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four but the Ducks have repeatedly fallen short of the ultimate prize.

So, 85 years ago, what was happening in the world? What was the top song? Who was the President? What was the latest and greatest invention?

President of the United States in 1939

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 1933-1945

Most popular song in 1939

Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland

Most popular movie in 1939

The Wizard of Oz – 53,347,826 tickets sold

National average gas price in 1939

$0.19 per gallon

Inventions from 1939

  • Daiquiri No. 5 was invented in Cuba
  • Starting gates for horse races
  • Packard introduced the first automobile with air conditioning in Chicago
  • Automated Telling Machines (ATMs) invented by Luther George Simjian

Famous people born in 1939

  • Mike Ditka
  • Tina Turner
  • Lee Majors
  • Marvin Gaye

What else happened in 1939?

  • Pan American Airways flew the first trans-Atlantic passenger service, from New York to Lisbon, Portugal
  • The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY
  • The Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 27-0 in the NFL Championship game

As the Ducks head to the Big Ten, hopefully, big things are in their future, including another national title for more than just the men’s basketball team.

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