Operation Barbarossa, pre-dawn Nazi German attack on Russia. The "sucker punch" Rivera had always predicted comes.
(Life magazine letters)
Thanks from Rivera
Frida writes to Eloesser that Diego has been in a bad mood for two weeks after returning to “cuckoo country” from the US. He has to be on his guard. “In California everyone has treated him very well.” (The Letters of Frida Kahlo, Cartas Apasionadas)
Life magazine issue depicting mural and legend of select figures.
Red army invades Finland with 26 divisions. [Despite overwhelming odds, the Finns hold on until March 12, 1940; probably convincing Hitler that when the time comes he can defeat the USSR easily.]
Picasso: Forty Years of His Art opens at MOMA and will run until January 7, 1940. The show's co-sponsor is the Art Institute of Chicago. (DaDaBase @ MOMA).
Diego and Frida's divorce is finalized.
Hoy cover (Antonio Arias-Bernal) shows Stalin as the Mago de "Hoz" y Martillo (Wizard of Sickle and Hammer) nailing neighboring countries with a Nazi hammer.