February 17, 1941 – it was a Monday that year. And issues of Labor and Lend-Lease to Britain were the topics of news this day. On the Labor front, the issue of strikes and their legality during these uncertain times – times where preparation for War were taking precedent in the workplace. Meetings on Capitol Hill between Labor Leaders and members of the Office of Price Management were hammering out deals and looking for settlements in strikes around the country. The question of walkouts being legal was raised. And later on this day, hearings were set by the House Judiciary Committee and several bills on the subject of strikes, fees, unions were pending. The House Chairman, Hatton Sumners wanted to take all the bills on at one time and make a clean sweep so that a determination can be presented to the House. The Committee would also be looking into charges that unions were levying exorbitant fees on new workers in defense plants having closed shops.
Meanwhile, special emissary to President Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins was scheduled to arrive back in Washington for consultations regarding his trip to Britain on a fact-finding mission. It was anticipated that he would be giving FDR the most sympathetic and understandable information the President would yet receive. And it was thought that Hopkins visit would have a deeper affect on the course of events than any other one man’s work at this juncture – simply because Hopkins and FDR thought very much alike and were looking ahead to how the world was going to look once the war was over. But in the meantime . . .
And from overseas – reports that England had another quiet night, with only a few German raiders came over the East Coast; one dropped a bomb on a northeast coastal town, resulting in a few casualties. Bombs also fell on East Anglia, but were reported to have landed in open country and caused no damage of any kind. As of news time, there was no information on any bombing raids by Britain over Europe the previous night.
And news of reports from Belgrade that Germany offered territorial concessions to Yugoslavia as a bribe to get her to stand by quietly while Germany entered Bulgaria in order to attack Greece. Observers in London reportedly doubted that Belgrade would accept such terms, but if it meant delaying war with Germany, it possibly could go along with the German offer.
And that’s a small slice of what went on in the world, this February 17, 1942 as reported by News Of The World from the Blue Network.