October 4th, 1939UNITED KINGDOM: Members of the Glamorgan Agricultural Committee met today to voice their anxieties about "gossip and goings-on" between Land Army girls and soldiers billeted around the farms in the area. A strict 9.00 p.m., curfew was urged to keep the girls, aged from 17 to 40, out of mischief during blackout hours. Only Alderman David Davis rose to their defence: "They are good-looking English girls, with the right spirit. Good girls do not need looking after."
The U.S. freighter SS Black Hawk, detained by British authorities since 19 September, is released. (Jack McKillop)
GERMANY: The U.S. Naval Attaché in Berlin reports that Grossadmiral Erich Raeder, Commander in Chief of the German Navy, has informed him of a plot wherein the U.S. passenger liner SS Iroquois, that had sailed from Cobh, Eire, with 566 American passengers on 3 October, would be sunk (ostensibly by the British) as she neared the east coast of the United States under "Athenia circumstances" for the apparent purpose of arousing anti-German feeling. Admiral Raeder gives credence to his source in neutral Eire as being "very reliable." (Jack McKillop)
POLAND: Lwow: Nikita Khruschev announces the communisation of eastern Poland.
Kock: The Polish Army makes its last organised stand against the Tenth Army.
A barber from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, who had quite a singing voice, recorded "That Old Gang of Mine" with the Ted Weems Orchestra for RCA. That singer was the feature of the Weems band until 1942 when he went solo and became a radio, TV and stage star. The barber was Perry Como. (Jack McKillop)
U-23 sinks the SS GLEN FARG.
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