1940-06-01 00:00:00

Pflueger sends a letter to the Hon. James B. Stewart, US Consul General in Mexico requesting help getting Rivera out. (Pflueger files) [But George P. Shaw is the American Consul]

Leah Brenner, Rivera’s secretary, receives a threatening note “to the effect that Mexico was damned dangerous for Trotskists, Riveristas, Almazanistas and yankee capitalists.  A wird to the wise is suficint. Signed XX “ (“The Strange Case…”)

Rivera’s amparo expires at 11:00 a.m. (FBI files) [see May 27]

1940-05-30 00:00:00

“I am delayed in leaving for the Golden Gate Exposition and extreme annoyed by the fact.”  Rivera’s airmail letter to Pflueger requests immediate notice to the American Consul in Mexico of the situation and contractual commitment.  He also says to write him at his attorney: Mr. David Olvera, Ave. Juarez 83, Mexico, D.F.

U.S. Consulate issues Rivera a “border i.d. card” and inform the State Department the next day, but wait until the last minute to tell the FBI Special Agent in Charge in Mexico City, perhaps to repay Rivera.  (“The Strange..”p.10)

1940-05-29 00:00:00

Date on Rivera protest delivered “mysteriously” to La Prensa.

In Mexico City, Rivera called U.S. Consulate to obtain a border-crossing card to enter U.S.  He met with U.S. Consular Official McGregor at his lawyer, Erby Swift’s, house.  Swift and Rivera decide to get permit to leave Mexico from Rivera’s friend, the governor of Tamaulipas from where he could fly to Brownsville, (“The Strange Case…”) [Cuidad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital, is 300 miles from Mexico City and 200 miles from Brownsville.]

1940-05-27 00:00:00

UPI/Bettmann Newsphotos, NY

“One night, several days later, a platoon of policemen…cordoned off my studio in San Angel” and Paulette Goddard helped "rescue" him. (Autobio, p. 139.) Goddard had moved to the San Angel Inn (see May 15 photo), across the street from Rivera's studio, most likely to facilitate sitting for her portrait.

1940-05-26 00:00:00

Rivera had been denounced in Mexican press by Union of Workers in the Sugar Industry who accuse him of joining the Martin Dies Comm. (Comm. On Un-American Activities.)  “To provoke disturbance in Mexico.” (S.F. Chron, “Around the Art Galleries,” 5/26/40)   [No record of Rivera testifying to Dies Committee per their Minutes; he refused because they would not let him testify in Washington, DC, only in Austin, TX.  He did testify to U.S. Consular Official McGregor in Mexico.]                              

1940-05-24 00:00:00

20 men disguised as policemen, including Siqueiros, try to kill Trotsky firing into his bedroom with Thompson submachine guns. 

Holland and Belgium surrender to Nazis.

[In Five Days in London, May 1940 author John Lukacs makes a case for May 24-28; "Then and there Adolph Hitler came closest to winning the Second World War, his war."]

1940-05-15 00:00:00

Sometime close to mid-month, movie star Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin's wife, goes to Mexico on PanAm Airlines with her mother and a LOOK magazine photographer, Earl Theisen, to stay at the Hotel La Reforma.  Though this is a publicity junket, Paulette is trying to, hopefully, get her portrait painted by Diego Rivera. This idea had been planted in her head by George Gershwin in 1937, when he met her at a party that Edward G. Robinson threw for composer Igor Stravinsky.