16 September 2010

"News" Flash

From The Deseret News on this day in 1939:
BERLIN--One of the official German radio stations interrupted its musical program to report a special "news" flash...the "flash" described how seamen from the Normandie and Queen Mary in New York had engaged in fist fights on the New York waterfront...the Nazi announcer added that the fight started when the French seamen accused the English of "dragging France into the war." The truth is this. There was a fist fight between seamen but they were not from the Normandie or Queen Mary. They were sailors from two British steamers.

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