World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Friday, June 20, 1941
Day 659

June 20, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 3: "Blonde Flies U.S. Bomber to Britain"
(Miss Jacqueline Cochran (AKA Mrs. Floyd Odlum) flew a Hudson bomber from the U.S.A. to the U.K. She was the first U.S. woman to do so.)
[Also see report with photo in The Port Arthur News, column 7 below.]
Also note the report in column 4: "British Ship Sunk"
(Berlin claims a merchant ship between 4,000 and 5,000 tons was sunk, Rome radio identifies the ship as Empire Warrior, which was a ship of 1,375 tons. The ship was formerly the German Bianca. It had been captured by the British armed merchant cruiser HMS Transylvania on Oct. 23, 1939.)


June 20, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report at top right: "Moscow Says Hitler Has Made No Demands"
(Report of a telegram from Moscow that states Hitler has made no demands on the USSR and that no Russian troops have been mobilized. Later in the report, New York radio commentators (not identified) give the opinion that war between Germany and the USSR was not inevitable, and that “axis-inspired rumor” was “really” intended to mask some other move by Hitler. That is to say, in the opinion of some New Yorkers, Germany putting millions of men with the required equipment on the Soviet border was just a feint. Two days from that day the world would learn the truth.)


June 20, 1941: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 1-2: "Four Germans Killed In Clash With Russian Frontier Guards"
 
Also note the report in columns 1-2: "Russ Paper Dares Nazis To Invade"
(The Russian government paper Izvestia, is quoted as saying “Neither through the forests, not the steppes, mountains nor the seas will the enemy ever step across the forbidden boundary.”)
 
Also note the report at bottom right: "Dog's Death Sentence Is Delayed By Court"
(Rowdy, a fox terrier, was mentioned in the will of his owner, sadly, the owner, Mrs. Clara L. Edgarton, had willed Rowdy to die upon her death. Rowdy was dognapped by Mrs. Barbara Nelson and she went to court to stop the execution. She was granted a restraining order and another court date for Monday for a hearing for a permanent injunction.)
[See "Reprieved Dog Now Army Mascot" in the Daily Telegraph of June 21, 1941.]
[Also see "Rowdy, and New Boss" in The Havre Daily News of June 24, 1941.]


June 20, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the headline report: "U.S. Sub Feared Lost With Crew Of 33"


June 20, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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June 20, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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Note the report in column 5: "Russ Army Activity Seen As Preparation for War"


June 20, 1941: Front page of the Briesetal-Bote, Kreis Niederbarnim, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Aera gegenseitigen Vertrauens.
(Era of mutual trust.)
2. Deutsche Note an die U.S.A.
(German notes to the U.S.A.)


June 20, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. England verlor eine neue Schlacht.
(England lost another battle.)
2. Das Ausland zum deutsch-türkischen Vertrag.
(Abroad on the German-Turkish treaty.)



   
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