Calendar and Summary for April 1939  
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  Summary of Significant Events for April 1939  
  The Roosevelt administration of the United States officially recognized the government of General Francisco Franco and Pope Pius XII congratulated and blessed Franco's victory.  The Soviet and Japanese governments accepted a fishing agreement for a one-year period.  German Chancellor Adolf Hitler issued a directive to the Army High Command to prepare for an attack on Poland, code named Fall Weiss (Case White), to be ready to implement by September 1.  The British and French governments signed a mutual assistance pact with the Polish government, promising that the British and French would send military aid to Poland in the event of a German attack.  The Nationalist government of Spain joined Germany, Italy, and Japan by signing the Anti-Comintern Pact.  The Italian army seized control of the kingdom of Albania, taking advantage of the Slovak crisis.  Voters in Greater Germany approved the Anschluss - Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938.  The Hungarian government announced that it had withdrawn from the League of Nations.  The monarchy of King Zog came to a formal end when the Albanian parliament abolished the 1928 constitution and proclaimed Albania's union with Rome by offering the crown to the Italian monarch, Victor Emmanuel III.  The British and French governments extended their mutual assistance pacts to the Greek and Romanian governments in an attempt to bolster a united front against Germany and Italy in the Balkans.  U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt sent diplomatic notes to Hitler and Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy, requesting assurances that neither Germany nor Italy would attack 31 countries in Europe or the Middle East for a period of ten years.  The Soviet government approached the British and French governments with an alliance proposal to stem German aggression in Eastern Europe.  The largest military parade in the history of the Third Reich was held in Berlin. The parade was in honor of Hitler 's 50th birthday and was intended as a warning to the western powers by showing the military capabilities of Nazi Germany.  In Britain, Parliament enacted the Conscription Law, bringing back compulsory service for all men aged 20-21 in an effort to increase the kingdom's military forces by 300,000 men.  In a globally broadcasted speech in the Reichstag, Hitler officially renounced the Anglo-German Naval Treaty of 1935 and the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934. Hitler also mocked Roosevelt’s requests for peace.  
  Events occurring in April 1939 with no specific dates  

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