Calendar and Summary for January 1939  
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  Summary of Significant Events for January 1939  
  Reichsmarschall Hermann W. Göring appointed Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration and ordered the planning of the removal of all Jews from Germany through emigration.  Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann in Berlin, Germany, announced the discovery of uranium fission.  German Chancellor Adolf Hitler told Foreign Minister Joseph Beck of Poland that Danzig should return to Germany politically but remain with Poland economically.  Germany signed non-aggression treaties with Denmark, Latvia, and Estonia. Norway, Sweden, and Finland refused similar treaty offers, insisting on strict neutrality.  The League of Nations issued a call for its members to aid China against Japanese aggression.  Hitler dismissed Hjalmar Schacht from the presidency of the Reichsbank, the German national bank.  The uranium atom was first split at Columbia University in New York.  National Service was introduced in Britain.  The British government was in the grip of the “Dutch War Scare”.  Göring ordered Heydrich to begin plans for the removal of all Jews from Germany through emigration.  General Francisco Franco's troops captured most of Catalonia.  Hitler ordered Plan Z, a 5-year naval expansion program intended to provide for a huge German fleet capable of crushing the Royal Navy by 1944.  
  Events occurring in January 1939 with no specific dates  

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