World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Monday, October 23, 1939
Day 53

October 23, 1939: Front page of The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette, Sunderland, England.
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October 23, 1939: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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October 23, 1939: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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October 23, 1939: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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October 23, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Note the story in column 6:" Churchill Is Blamed For Athena Loss"
(Athenia was the first British ship sunk in World War II. This story, a creation of the Nazi Propaganda Minister, Dr. Josef Goebbels, was intended to deflect the attention away from the fact that a German submarine sank an unarmed passenger ship on the day Britain entered the war. The Germans and especially Adolf Hitler, were concerned that the Allies would equate the loss of Athenia to the loss of the Lusitania during the Great War and turn American public opinion against Germany.)
[Read the story of the Athenia here.]

Also note the story at the bottom of column 6: "Says Churchill Likely To Be Prime Minister"
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October 23, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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October 23, 1939: Front page of the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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October 23, 1939: Front page of The Cumberland News, Cumberland, Maryland.

Note the story in column 7: "Finns Encouraged Russia Will Not Break Friendship"
(Russian would invade Finland in November 1939.)
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October 23, 1939: Front page of the El Paso Herlad-Post, El Paso, Texas.

Note the story in column 6: "Zane Gray Dies After Stroke"
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October 23, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Vor einem russischen Besuch in Berlin.
(Before another Russian visit to Berlin. Dr. Goebbels settlement with Churchill.)

2. Neue britische Neutralitätsverletzung.
(New British violation of neutrality.)