Aki Solomos

Traveler, writer, reviewer, all-round observer. I like anything cool & fast, but occasionally sit at a cafe watching the world go by.

NEWS FLASH – Feb. 29, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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In honor of WWII and the courageous vets of the time, this is my reporting and take of the news, 75 years ago today

February 29, 1940
As troubles continue in Europe and in the Atlantic, your Roving Reporter brings you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

Finnish artillery 1940 -image from www.wikimedia.org (The Winter War)

Finnish artillery 1940
-image from http://www.wikimedia.org (The Winter War)

‘Invading Russians Demand Peace’
With fighting still rages on, negotiations between Finland and Russia begin today to end the Winter War. In an undermining attempt to surround the city of Viipuri by crossing the frozen Gulf of Finland, Soviet troops were beaten back by the defending Finns. In another win for Finland, the surrounded Soviet troops in East Lemitti were wiped out by Finnish soldiers, capturing hundreds of military weapons and machinery.

Cargo ship SS Queen Alexandra later changed to SS Maria Rosa -image from www.wrecksite.eu

Cargo ship SS Queen Alexandra later changed to SS Maria Rosa
-image from http://www.wrecksite.eu

‘Troubled Waters’
Out at sea, the German submarine U-20 sank the Italian steamer Maria Rosa in the English Channel – 17 of the 29 sailors were rescued. And in the Caribbean, German steamers Troja and Heidelberg tried evading Allied patrols. Troja was eventually intercepted off the coast of Aruba, but before abandoning it, the crew set fire to the ship with the intention of sinking it rather than being captured.

‘French Economy Takes Caution’

Paul Renaud 1940 -image from ww2news.com

Paul Renaud 1940
-image from ww2news.com

In France, the Minister of Finance, Paul Reynaud, announces the dangers of a runaway inflation. The government took measures today by freezing prices, reevaluating the gold reserves, rationing petroleum and food, and made female labor compulsory.

‘Awards Given In The U.S.’
Because of the war in Europe, the Nobel Prize ceremonies were held in Berkeley, California today instead of Stockholm. The Physics award went to American physicist Ernest Orlando Lawrence for his invention of the cyclotron. In the previous 2 years alone, Ernest Lawrence won 4 awards in his field which include the Hughes Medal twice, the Elliot Cresson Medal, and the Comstock Prize in physics.

Following his receipt of the Nobel Prize at a special ceremony at UC Berkeley, Lawrence is congratulated by his family (left to right): Molly Lawrence, his wife; Gunda Lawrence, his mother; John, his brother; and Carl Lawrence, his father. (Photo courtesy of Berkeley Lab)

Following his receipt of the Nobel Prize at a special ceremony at UC Berkeley, Lawrence is congratulated by his family (left to right): Molly Lawrence, his wife; Gunda Lawrence, his mother; John, his brother; and Carl Lawrence, his father. (Photo courtesy of Berkeley Lab)

Vivien Leigh with producer David O. Selznick during the Academy Awards 1940

Vivien Leigh with producer David O. Selznick during the Academy Awards 1940

Robert Donat accepting the Academy Award for best actor

Robert Donat accepting the Academy Award for best actor

In other news, congratulations goes to last year’s hit movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ for winning today’s Academy Awards as best movie, along with 2 other categories: Vivien Leigh for best actress, and Hattie McDaniel for best supporting actress, the first black woman to win an Oscar. Congratulations also goes to Robert Donat in ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’ for best actor.

Hattie McDaniel accepting the Academy Award for best supporting actress

Hattie McDaniel accepting the Academy Award for best supporting actress

Gone with the Wind poster -circa 1939

1939 film Gone with the Wind

That’s it for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.

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