I've uploaded year 1939 to the TSP Wiki... http://tspwiki.com/index.php?title=1939 The American Nazis Hail George Washington -- US citizens say that Washington was the "first fascist". Abridging the Public's Right to Know -- Hitler's Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is sold in the USA in it's abridged form... the form that might give the impression that he wants a war. World War 2 in Review -- It's a little jumbled but I try to give a sense of what it happened in the various countries involved. Notable Births -- See below. This Year in Film -- See below. This Year in Music -- See below. In Other News -- Nylons, the Hydra-Matic transmission and Amelia Earhart.
The American Nazis Hail George WashingtonWHAT???!!! The German-American Bund is celebrating George Washington's birthday with the Nazi salute. If you will recall, the current salute to the American flag is EXACTLY the same salute and has been for decades. The American Nazis declare boldly that George Washington was "the first fascist." New York's Madison Square Garden is hosting a convention of 22,000 American Nazis. From the picture, it looks like a 50 foot tall image of George Washington is at center stage, flanked by American flags and swastikas. A banner flies overhead, "Stop Jewish Domination of Christian Americans". (FYI, Alex Shrugged is Jewish. He doesn't want to dominate anything but his own life and property.) Nazi speakers at the convention state that FDR (that is, "Frank D. Rosenfeld") can stuff his "Jew Deal", and keep America out of Germany's war with Europe. Children's camps are springing up across the USA... especially in Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Children sing "Deutschland, über alles." If you are wondering why FDR is not leaping to the aid of Great Britain right now, it is because he wants to win his reelection bid next year. To do so he will sacrifice many things including any shred of decency he may possess.      
Abridging the Public's Right to KnowAdolf Hitler's manifesto entitled Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is selling reasonably well in America in it's ABRIDGED English translation. It has been edited for the sensibilities of good Americans, and to avoid giving the United States an excuse for entering the war. However, a reporter working for the International News Service, realizes that the abridged version does not accurately reflect what is in the original German version. In fact, it is giving an entirely false impression to the American people. Since it is unlikely that the reporter could ever obtain copyright permission to translate Hitler's manifesto, he and his buddy work night and day to translate and publish their own unauthorized translation without permission. They are immediately sued for copyright infringement (which it certainly is). By the time the court rules against them, and orders a halt to publication, half a million copies are sold. The proceeds will go to charity. Hitler can go to... court.    
World War 2 in Review
- Britain: The draft begins, a mutual defense treaty with Poland is signed, radar stations are built, balloons are anchored over major cities, and women and children evacuate London (for some reason). 
- France: French troops are moved up to the Maginot Line to block a German invasion... as if it was World War 1. (These guys are hosed.)
- Italy: Albania is overrun. The "Pact of Steel" alliance is signed with Germany. 
- Japan: Declines the "Pact of Steel" alliance with Germany and Italy. Continues to beat the tar out of China. 
- USSR: The German–Soviet Non-aggression Pact is signed. The USSR invades Finland and Poland. The USSR is expelled from the League of Nations. (The League is worthless.) 
- Lee Harvey Oswald: Some people think he assassinated John F. Kennedy. (People like Alex Shrugged.) 
- David Frost: Best known for the TV interview of former President Nixon. (Nixon was paid $600,000.) 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- Ian McKellen (Living): Gandalf in Lord of the Rings; , Magneto in X-Men and British historian in The Da Vinci Code. 
- -- Richard Kiel: Who? The 7 foot tall villain in "Moonraker", "The Longest Yard", and the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man". 
- -- Cleavon Little: Sheriff Bart in "Blazing Saddles", replacing Richard Prior in the role. 
- -- Lily Tomlin (Living): Ms. Frizzle in The Magic School Bus, and comedy characters like Ernestine from the phone company. 
- -- Ray Stevens (Living): Known for "Everything Is Beautiful" and comedy songs like "Gitarzan" (Guitar-zan) and "The Streak". 
- **Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked.
This Year in Music
- When the Saints Go Marching In: sung by Louis Armstrong. 
- Moonlight Serenade: played by the Glenn Miller Band. 
This Year in Film
- The Wizard of Oz: (musical) A Thanksgiving favorite starring Judy Garland. 
- Gulliver's Travels: (animated) A Paramount film to compete with Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released 2 years ago. 
- Of Mice and Men: Adaptation of John Steinbeck's novella of dustbowl migrant workers and Lennie, a man of limited mental gifts. 
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: The Frank Capra film that puts Jimmy Stewart on the map. 
In Other News
- Nylons on sale now! STAMPEDE! 
- The Hydra-Matic automatic transmission on sale now. STAMPEDE! 
- Amelia Earhart is declared dead. Her Lockheed 10 probably crashed over the Pacific. By now she is dead.