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June 21st, 1939 (WEDNESDAY)

CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Reich Protector Von Neurath issues a series of anti-Jewish decrees designed to destroy any Jewish economic activity and seize all Jewish property.

JAPAN: 130 Japanese members of the Jehovah's Witness are arrested in Tokyo and other towns.

AUSTRALIA: Boom defense vessel HMAS Koala laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)

U.S.A.: The New York Yankees announce that Lou Gehrig, their star player, is to retire. He is suffering from amytrophic lateral sclerosis.

The US Bureau of Aeronautics orders 50 Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 trainers and also orders that the fourth N3N-1, BuNo 0020, be returned to the Naval Aircraft Factory for modifications and conversion to the XN3N-3. (Jack McKillop)

Submarine USS Searaven launched. (Dave Shirlaw)

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