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1939 Newspaper Headlines

The world in 1939 didn’t feel like the most safe place. Germany’s attack on France marked the beginning of WWII, commencing the 6 year war that would devastate and destroy the lives of millions of people. 1939 headlines includes coverage of the IRA bombing of Coventry which killed 5 people, the declaration of war on Germany by the allied forces, and Adolf Hitler’s narrow escape of an assassination attempt in Munich. 1939 was a fascinating year in history, filled with events that would forever change the course of history. Read about how the war began step by step, with reports covering the beginning of it all. The best way to understand our world today is to gain an insight into the past and the people and events, good and bad, that have shaped society and the world today. A 1939 newspaper can give perspective on all of these things.

Also, take a look at a breakdown of the year 1939 in our 1939 timeline.

1st January 1939The Hewlett-Packard Company is founded and becomes the largest technology company in the world.
6th February 1939Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain officially declares that any German attack on France will also be considered an attack on Great Britain.
21st February 1939The Golden Gate International Exposition opens in San Francisco, California.
2nd March 1939Pope Pius XII (Cardinal Pacelli) succeeds Pope Pius XI as the 260th Pope.
28th March 1939Dictator Francisco Franco assumes power in Madrid.
1st April 1939The Spanish Civil War comes to an end when the last of the Republican forces surrender.
14th April 1939John Steinbeck's classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is published for the first time.
17th May 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive in Quebec City in Canada, to begin the first ever tour of the country by Canada's monarch.
17th June 1939 Murderer Eugen Weidmann is decapitated by the guillotine in the last public guillotining to take place in France.
24th June 1939The government of Siam changes its name to Thailand, which means 'Free Land'.
25th August 1939An IRA bomb explodes in the centre of Coventry, killing five people.
1st September 1939Nazi Germany invades Poland, thus beginning the Second World War in Europe.
3rd September 1939The United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany.
8th November 1939Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Munich by Georg Elser, while celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.
16th November 1939Al Capone is released from Alcatraz prison.
27th December 1939The 1939 Erzincan earthquake kills 30,000 people in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. The earthquake features seven powerful tremors and one of these tremors is measured at 8.2 on the Richter scale of magnitude.
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