No sooner had war been declared than news of the sinking of an unarmed passenger ship surfaced. The British Liner SS Athenia, bound for Canada from England was torpedoed some 200 miles west of The Hebrides. The ship carried over 1,400 passengers, the majority were women and children bound for Canada and refuge from the war, as well as Americans heading away from the war zone. Air raid sirens went off in London and other major cities as practice drills for impending air attacks began.
An ominous day, with reports from several sources, as it was broadcast on September 4, 1939.