1940-08-21 00:00:00

“Trotsky Dies; Lays Slaying To Stalin” “Assassin Screams, Begs For Death, Too; American Girl Grilled by Police” (SF Exam, 8.22.40, front page

[He died in Police Hospital at 7:25 p.m., Aug. 21 from piolet (ice-climbing ax) wound to head.]

“U.S. Man for Trotsky Role” (SF Exam, 8.22.40, p.2)

[James P. Cannon, secretary of the Socialist Labor Party (US) is likely heir to head of the Fourth International—they have been footing the bill for the Coyoacan house per Socialism On Trial by Cannon.]

1940-08-20 00:00:00

Trotsky attacked in Mexico City by Stalinists. 

[“his assailant, at first identified as Francois Jackson, a 24 year old protégé of Trotsky’s, was later said to be Jacques Mornard Vanden, a native of Teheran, Persia...” (SF Exam, 8.21.40, front page)  The Spanish assassin’s real name, Ramon Mercader, will not be announced until Aug. 22, 1953! -13 years after Trotsky’s death (NY Times, 8.23.53, p.47)]

1940-08-19 00:00:00

Vichy France dissolves Masonic Lodges. (Bob Seward’s Timeline)

“Dies Charges Spy Rings In S.F.” [German, Italian, and Russian], (SF Exam, 8.20.40)

“Dictators Peril U.S. Envoy Bullitt Warns” (SF Exam, p.8) [US ambassador to France says US is in as much peril as France was a year ago.]

1940-08-18 00:00:00

Dies and Family visit the GGIE. (May be as close as he and Rivera ever get.)

Dies demands deportation of Harry Bridges. (SF Exam, 8.19.40)

“Mexico Day” at the GGIE.  More than 100, 000 come, setting a Sunday attendance record. (SF Exam, 8.19.40, p.11)

“Nazis Place Ban Upon All U.S. Movies” and seek “Co-operation of Italy to Outlaw American films; Revenge on Hollywood.”  “Britain Proffers Friendly Hand To Russia.”  (SF Exam from Chicago Daily-News)

1940-08-17 00:00:00

In L.A. Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March deny being commies. “Tonight Dies, his family, and assistants left for San Francisco, where he expects to remain until August 31…”  (SF Chron, 8.18.40, Sect 1, p.12)

“Ford to Build 4,000 Plane Engines for U.S. Planes” (SF Exam, p.4)