December 4: ON THIS DAY in 1936, Baldwin bars Wally!
ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin faced a historic session of Parliament today and threw a clear-cut challenge to King Edward VIII to drop his plans to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson or abdicate. There could be no mistaking the meaning of the blunt country squire who heads His Majesty’s Government. Baldwin informed Commons that a morganatic marriage is contrary to English law and anyone the King marries automatically becomes Queen. Since the Government has taken an irrevocable stand against Mrs. Simpson becoming Queen, the King would have no choice but to give up his throne and empire if he persists in marrying her. There were strong indications that the strong-willed monarch intends to accept the challenge and fight back, carrying the issue to his people and risking losing the dominions which, Baldwin said, are opposed to the marriage. The King has sent Mrs. Simpson into seclusion with friends in France while he faces his crisis alone. It was said on the highest authority that he intends to defy Baldwin, the Conservatives, the clergy and the press and form a government headed by the brilliant, erratic Winston Churchill.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1941, the Eagle reported, “SHANGHAI (U.P.) — German and Japanese sources reported today that German Far East diplomats were going to Shanghai to participate in discussions to determine the extent of Nazi participation and aid to Japan in event of war in the Pacific. Capt. Fritz Weidemann, former German consul general in San Francisco, was scheduled to arrive from Nanking, where he has been conferring with Shunruko Hata, Japanese ambassador to the Wang Ching-Wei regime. Heinrich Stahmer, German ambassador to Nanking, also was scheduled to arrive. Ernst Wendler, new German minister to Bangkok, formerly minister to Bolivia, arrived yesterday. Because Germany is so distant from the Far East, it was doubted she could render much aid to Japan, but diplomatic circles reported that the Germans had a two-fold program calling for dispersal of British and American strength from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Some diplomatic quarters also expressed the opinion that the long-range German program was not averse to destruction of Japanese power so that Germany would be able to control the wealth of the Far East in event of victory in Europe.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “The promulgation of an order throughout 23 public schools in districts 41 and 42, prohibiting the singing of Christmas carols making reference to the Nativity, and putting a ban on all Christmas holiday celebrations having ‘religious significance,’ was condemned today as ‘an insult to Christians’ by Matthew F. Kennedy, chairman of the Catholic Affairs Committee of the New York State Council, Knights of Columbus. The order, issued by Assistant Superintendent Isaac Bildersee, in charge of school districts 41 and 42, states, in part: ‘Christmas, and other similar occasions, may be celebrated only as seasonal, pre-vacation occurrences. There must not be any reference in dramatizations, songs, or other aspects of the occasion, to any religious significance involved. Christmas carols with reference to the Nativity may not be sung, nor may decorations include religious symbols of any faith.’”
ON THIS DAY IN 1962, the Eagle reported, “(UPI) — Chipper Casey Stengel, 71 years young, ‘can’t wait’ for the new season to start even though most of the experts already are consigning his Mets to another 10th-place finish in 1963. Stengel, about to embark on his 23rd season as a major league manager, talks and acts as if he intends to remain in the game at least 23 more. ‘No one likes to lose,’ he added, referring to the Mets’ modern record total of 120 defeats this year, ‘and that includes me. Everybody tells me I look wonderful. Maybe I do — on the outside. But I don’t look so good on the inside. Those losses do something to you. Our organization hasn’t been sleeping this winter, however. I guarantee we’ll be better next year. We are starting to see some daylight.’”
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