Calendar and Summary for August 1939  
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  Summary of Significant Events for August 1939  
  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt received a letter from Albert Einstein that told of atomic research in Nazi Germany potential use of atomic science in producing destructive weapons.  Reichsmarschall Hermann W. Göring boasted "If an enemy bomber reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Hermann Göring: you can call me Meier!"  German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop told Italian Foreign Minister Ciano “We want war.”  Germany and the Soviet Union signed an economic treaty providing for the trade of German technical goods in exchange for Soviet raw materials.  A Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union was signed in Moscow.  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealed to Chancellor Adolf Hitler of Germany, President Ignace Moscicki of Poland, and King Victor Emmanuel of Italy for peace.  The British parliament met in a special session and passed the Emergency Powers (Defense) Act giving the government near dictatorial powers.  British and Polish representatives signed a mutual assistance pact.  When Benito Mussolini informed Hitler that Italy would not honor the Pact of Steel if Germany attacked Poland in 1939, Hitler delayed the launch of Fall Weiss.  Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to full Admiral and appointed commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet.  
  Events occurring in August 1939 with no specific dates  

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