In 1939, Time magazine named chancellor Adolf Hitler its "Man of the Year." What? They couldn't pick Clark Gable or The Wizard Of Oz?
In 1939, Chile: earthquake razed 50,000 sq mi.; about 30,000 killed in Concepcion.
In 1939, Northern Turkey: severe quakes destroyed city of Erzingan; about 100,000 casualties.
In 1939, Earthquake hits Chillan Chile, 10,000 killed.
In 1939, Adolf Hitler called for the extermination of European Jews. What a fink!
In 1939, Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile.
In 1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation.
In 1939, Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independ.
= Hitler arrived in Prague and completed the occupation of the German-speaking regions (Bohemia, Moravia) of Czechoslovakia.
In 1939, Hitler occupied Memelland (NE Prussia ceded to Lithuania) & demanded Danzig.
In 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who was not dead at the time.
= Insurgent forces complete conquest of Spain.
In 1939, Great Britain & Poland sign military pact.
In 1939, Mussolini invades Albania.
In 1939, Italy invaded and occupied Albania, driving King Zog into exile in Greece.
In 1939, Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect.
In 1939, "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" starring Edward G. Robinson opened at the Strand.
In 1939, Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky.
In 1939, Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
In 1939, Churchill signs British-Russian anti-nazi pact.
In 1939, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.
In 1939, Submarine Thetis: sank in Liverpool Bay, England; 99 perished.
In 1939, Ernst Heinkel demonstrates 800-kph rocket plane to Hitler.
In 1939, In a secret speech to the Politburo, Stalin revealed his plan to wage war on Europe and Germany to Sovietize all Europe to the Channel.
In 1939, 37.6 cm rainfall at Tuckerton, NJ (state record).
In 1939, Dutch border guards take positions for German invasion.
In 1939, Soviet Union & Nazi Germany sign a non-agression pact Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact (Soviet Union neutral/Poland divided).
= German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop arrived to join Stalin and Molotov in signing the final version of the Nazi-Soviet Treaty of Nonaggression, including the secret protocols dividing control of territory in Europe, that emerged from diplomatic discussions since April 17, 1939.
In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a 10-year nonaggression pact.
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In 1939, Hitler orders extermination of mentally ill.
In 1939, Switzerland proclaims its neutrality which it is able to maintain throughout World War II.
In 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland and took Danzig. Great Britain and France declared war against Germany two days later.
In 1939, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland, Britain declared war on Germany. France followed 6 hours later, and was quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada.
In 1939, German submarine U-30 sinks British passenger ship Athenia.
In 1939, Netherlands & Belgium declare neutrality.
In 1939, the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.
In 1939, South Africa declared war on nazi-Germany.
In 1939, Canada declared war on Germany at the outset of World War II.
In 1939, Iraq & Saudi Arabia declare war on nazi-Germany.
In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.
= Soviet Union forces invade Poland.
In 1939, Versailles Peace Treaty forgot to include Andorra, so Andorra & Germany finally sign an official treaty ending WW I.
In 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to Germans after 19 days of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.
= Warsaw capitulates.
In 1939, Soviet-German treaty agree on fourth partition of Poland (WW II) & gives Lithuania to USSR, last Polish troops surrender.
In 1939, during World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a plan to partition Poland.
In 1939, 41 U-boats sunk this month (153,000 ton).
In 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a treaty of amity settling the partition of Poland in World War II; Britain sent a 150,000-man force to France during World War II.
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In 1939, Winston Chruchill refers to Soviet policy as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma".
In 1939, in an address to the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler denied having any intention of war against France and Britain, and said he would agree to peace with the two nations.
In 1939, Last organized Polish resistance is broken at Kock.
In 1939, German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed.
In 1939, Sugar rationed in Netherlands.
In 1939, German U boat fails on attack of English battleship Nelson with Winston Churchill, Dudley Pound & Charles Forbes aboard.
In 1939, USSR & Germany agree on partitioning Poland, Hitler deports the Jews.
In 1939, 27 U boats sunk this month (135,000 ton).
In 1939, Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich.
In 1939, German U-boat torpedoes tanker Sliedrecht near Ireland.
In 1939, 21 U boats sunk this month (52,000 ton).
In 1939, the Russo-Finnish War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland over a border dispute.
= Soviet Union forces invade Finland.
In 1939, the Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations.
In 1939, the German pocket battleship Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay.
In 1939, Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa.
In 1939, near Magdeburg, Germany: more than 125 killed in collision; 99 killed in another wreck near Friedrichshafen.
In 1939, Between 20,000 & 40,000 die in magnitude 8 quake (Erzincam Turkey).
In 1939, 25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton).
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