Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret broadcasting to the world. Even kids needed a pep talk.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Princess Elizabeth -Oct. 13, 1940
In the dark days of 1940 during the Blitz, a massive relocation campaign had begun in Britain concerning children living in the danger areas of large metropolitan cities. As a result, they were being evacuated to small country villages around England, but also to Commonwealth and Allied countries willing and able to take them.
On October 13th 1940, the 14-year old Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret, went before the microphone to deliver a pep talk to the children now away from their homes and scattered, in some cases, all over the world.
Here is that complete radio address from 72 years ago.
President Roosevelt – the decision to seek a third term didn’t come easy.
Click on the link here for audio player: FDR Democratic Convention – 1940
After much consideration and speculation, President Roosevelt decided to run for a third term in 1940. Addressing the convention via radio from the White House, Roosevelt outlined his goals for a third term and spoke of a renewed effort to keep America moving.
President Roosevelt: “ We have sometimes called it Social Legislation. We have sometimes called it legislation to end abuses of the past. We have sometimes called it legislation for human security. And we have sometimes called it legislation to better our fellow citizens who would not have the essentials of life, or hope for an American standard of living. Some of us have labeled it a wider and more equitable distribution of wealth in our land. It has included among its aims to liberalize and broaden the control of vast industries, lodged today in the hands of a relatively small group of individuals of very great financial power. But all of these definitions and labels are essentially the expression of one consistent thought; they represent a constantly growing sense of human decency. Human decency throughout our nation.”
And seventy-two years later, the words still ring true.
Here is that address, from July 17, 1940.
Day 13 of a sweltering heatwave – even Falla seemed listless.
Click on the audio player here: News for July 31, 1940
As the Nation’s Capitol sweltered for its thirteenth consecutive day, this July 31st in 1940, the news was appropriately sparse and the events were comparatively few.
Starting with news from London that overnight raids by German bombers on Southeast and Southwest England and parts of Wales did little damage. On the diplomatic front, efforts were underway to gain release of some 11 British subjects being held by the Japanese for unknown reasons. With anti-Japanese sentiment rising in Britain, the Japanese Embassy in London expressed powerlessness in being able to offer help. At the time of the newscast, two Britons were released, but an additional British subject was being held.
Meanwhile, Parliament voted to extend the blockade of shipping to France and other countries under Axis control. This was worrisome to the French as food shortages were spreading all over France.
From Berlin came reports that Japan expressed concern over the U.S. embargo of shipments of war materials and was considering cutting off shipments to the U.S. of rubber from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies in retaliation.
Back home – amid reports of the heatwave gripping Washington also came word that the Senate Military Affairs Committee gave a hasty okay to President Roosevelt’s proposal to mobilize some 300,000 National Guard and Reserve Officers for one year of military training. Dropped like a hot potato was a proposed Conscription Law with overwhelming sentiment that there should be no peacetime draft.
And that’s what this last day of July sounded like in 1940, as reported on the NBC News Of The World.