World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Sunday, October 8, 1939
Day 38

October 8, 1939: Front page of The Sunday Post, Glasgow, Scotland.
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October 8, 1939: Front page of the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California.

Note the story in column 7: "Laura Ingalls Pleads To Fly"
(Laura Ingalls, not to be confused with the author Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame, was a famous aviatrix and Nazi agent operating with the Gestapo in the U.S.A. She infiltrated the America First Committee, of which Charles Lindbergh was a member, and gave several pro Nazi, anti-intervention speeches for the committee. She was arrested in Dec. 1941 for failing to register as a paid foreign agent and served 20 months in prison. After being released she continued to spread pro Nazi propaganda being arrested again in in July of 1944 while trying to enter Mexico carrying seditious material. She was not prosecuted in this event. She died in 1967.)

Also note the story in column 8: "U.S. Navy Reaches Periled Vessel"
(It is interesting to note that the writer perpetuates the false story that the German Admiralty would sink this ship when it got close to the American coast. A story which was considered [correctly] to have been false, and was widely reported to be as such.)
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October 8, 1939: Front page of The People, London, England.

Note the story in column 2: "Special Jewish Zone"
(While a small story, this was an indication that people outside Nazi Germany were aware that the Jews were going to be rounded up and put into ghettos.)
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October 8, 1939: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.
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October 8, 1939: Front page of The La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Note the political cartoon which features a ship that resembles the Iroquois, which had been in the news for the last few days.
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October 8, 1939: Front page of the Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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October 8, 1939: Front page of The Big Spring Daily Herald, Big Spring, Texas.
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October 8, 1939: Front page of the San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas.
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