Twelve Italian bomber planes, their markings and numbers painted over, took off from Sardinia heading for Spanish Morocco where they were to join the Nationalist side under the banner of the Spanish Legion. Nine completed the flight but one crashed at sea and two were forced down on the French side of the Moroccan border. Italian military markings still visible under the fresh paint, as well as documentation that French authorities found aboard the planes, exposed the Italian scheme. The next day, newspapers around the world published the revelation that Italy was providing military assistance to the rebels.
The story continues with the second journal. This is an entry from her personal diary, by Elizabeth Lancaster Carsey 80-years-ago. Click here to read more
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Here’s what else was happening 80-years-ago today
The 1936 Heat Wave inspires creativity at a time there was no air conditioning
An apparent attempt to assassinate Edward VIII was foiled on Constitution Hill. As the king’s horse passed the crowd while returning to Buckingham Palace from a colours ceremony in Hyde Park, a man raised a revolver. A woman grabbed the man’s arm and shouted, alerting a constable who knocked the weapon from his hand. The man, identified as George Andrew McMahon, told police he had no intention of harming the king and was only making a protest.
Adolf Hitler sent Edward a telegram offering his “heartiest congratulations” on his escape.
Italy lifted its wartime restrictions on meat and nightlife curfews.
Father Charles Coughlin aligned himself with Francis Townsend and denounced President Roosevelt as a “great betrayer and liar”, saying, “He who promised to drive the money changers from the temple has built up the greatest public debt in the nation’s history. Is that driving the money changers from the temple?