World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Sunday Sept. 1, 1940
Day 367

Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The People, London, England.
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Note the report in column 7: "Armed Liner Sunk"
(The Admiralty announcement of the loss of HMS Dunvegan Castle, an armed merchant cruiser. The ship was sunk by Oberleutnant zur See Engelbert Endrass and his U-46. Endrass had been 1st Watch Officer on U-47 when Günther Prien sank HMS Royal Oak.)


Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of the Sunday Pictorial, London, England.
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Note the report at bottom: "63 Down!"
(The official Air Ministry figure for Aug. 31st. Keeping the "Never Doubt" clause in mind, the Germans lost a total of 33 aircraft on Aug. 31, with 3 more being complete losses due to battle damage. The Air Ministry said that British losses were 22. In fact, the British lost 38 aircraft with 4 others being complete losses due to battle damage.)


Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of the Sunday Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Sunday Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Sunday Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the headline: "Senator Lunden, 15 U.S. Workers Among 25 Killed In Airliner Wreck"
(In the report on columns 7-8 they say this was the worst disaster in U.S. aviation history. This gives some perspective to the size of aircraft that were used in commercial aviation. The record now stands at 520, for a single aircraft crash. This was a Boeing 747 of Japan Airlines on Aug. 12, 1985.)


Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia.
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Note the photo at bottom left: "North Carolina Swept by Floods"


Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Escanaba Daily Press, Escanaba, Michigan.
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Note the report in columns 3-4: "Schools Remain Closed To Curb Polio Outbreak"
(Four cases of polio were known in Delta County so they kept the schools closed. They also recommended that children be kept from public gatherings including picture shows, picnics and churches. The Boys and Girl Scouts were banned from participating in the upcoming Labor Day Parade as well. It is interesting to note that in Wisconsin the State Board of Health decided that schools there should remain open because;

"Closing of schools during an outbreak of infantile paralysis has not proven effective in the experience of Wisconsin communities."

Madison city health officer, Dr. F. F. Bowman said;

"In Past Outbreaks of infantile paralysis and other serious communicable diseases, closing of schools has resulted in congregating of young people in other places, thus defeating the purpose of school closing."

Even 81 years ago people were on both sides of the argument of closing schools during an epidemic.)
 
Also note the report in column 2: "Backing Given 40-Hour Week"
Also note the report in column 2: "Golden Gate Fair Crowd Stampeded By Falling Tower"
(An optical illusion caused someone to believe that a tower was falling on to the crowd of mostly women and children who were watching a clown show. Some 50 people were injured, 11 required hospital treatment.)
Also note the report in column 5: "Crash Of Bath Tower Kills 5"
(A Water storage tank at a New Jersey bath house collapsed and crashed through the roof.)


Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Hammond Times, Hammond, Indiana.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of the Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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Sept. 1, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Daueralarm lähmt London.
(Continuous air raid alarms paralyzes London.)


Sept. 1, 1940: Page 5 of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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Note the advertisement at right: "Mercedes Benz ein Begriff für höchste Leistung im Dienst der Kraftfahrt und Motorisierung"
(Mercedes Benz a term for highest performance in the service of the motor vehicle and motorization.)



   
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