Today, 67 years ago — III

The pick of this day’s news:
  • RAF bombers have undertaken the largest raid yet against Berlin. No Swedes have been injured.
  • German and Soviet forces both advance on different front segments. Likewise both Allied and Axis forces gain smaller victories on the North African front.
  • Italian troops are brought home from the Eastern front. On the other hand up to 2 million Italian workers are to be sent to Germany to work in the war industry.
  • The leader suggests that Social Democratic arguments for the necessity of German troop transports through Sweden are disingenious and that said transports should be stopped immediately.
  • In a surprise development Speaker of the Parliament Väinö Hakkila will establish the new Finnish government. The issue of a separate peace in Finland is a hot topic everywhere except in Germany, where the mere idea of an ally throwing in the towel is unthinkable. [Finland fought on for another 18 months before being forced to sue for peace.]
  • HMS Sussex is reported to have sunk an enemy tanker [the German supply ship Hohenfriedberg] but could not stay to pick up any survivors due to intense U-boat action.
  • A rally in support of European Jews has been held in Madison Square Garden. A treaty has been signed between Great Britain and Bulgaria, allowing 8000 Bulgarian Jews to emigrate to British Palestine. [This emigration does not seem to have taken place.]
  • 150 Norwegian political prisoners are transported to Germany. [At least the ones mentioned by name did survive their ordeal.] A dozen persons hijacked a Norwegian passenger ship and set course for Britain, but were sunk by German aircraft.
  • Japanese POWs riot, 48 are shot to death.
  • The parliamentary savings commission suggests a number of points where public expenses may be decreased. The commission even dares question alcohol rationing, the bookkeeping of which costs 2.5 MSEK a year.
  • A “picture telegraph” connection between Stockholm and New York has been inagurated, minimum cost is 300 SEK per picture. (Remember: that’s about the price of a radio set.)
  • A Siemens electron microscope has been ordered for Uppsala University for the study of viruses.
  • Mahatma Gandhi breaks a 21-day hunger strike, yet without having been released from prison.
  • Alexandre Yersin, discoverer of the plague bacillus, has passed away at the age of 90.
  • KSAK collects money for the upkeep of an orphanage for the children of killed Finnish flyers.
  • The stormy weather has caused many accidents and fires and several trains have been damaged and railways blocked by fallen trees and debris.
  • Due to the unsteady weather conditions, waxing has been an issue in the recent ski competitions in Östersund: “Waxing is a problem and seems to remain so until skis are made of some new and so far unknown material.” [Well, even with modern materials, correct waxing is paramount in competitions.]
  • The telephone exchanges in Bromsten and Spånga will be replaced by automatic units later in the week.
  • Nancy continues to collect scrap metal and the mountain lion finally jumps at King.
  • A.-B. Aerotransport proudly proclaims their role in getting the national football team to Berlin the year before.
  • Ragnar Frunck is already at it’s classic address at S:t Eriksgatan, but hasn’t begun selling saunas yet. Bahco on the other hand present a kit for turning your bathtub into a sauna.
  • Buy the photo-copying machine Rectophot from Oscar Sundin.

1 comment:

Martin said...

Buy the photo-copying machine Rectophot from Oscar Sundin.

I am reminded of Alex Haley's 1976 novel Roots, from which I learned that the Mandinka word for "penis" is foto.