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  • Victoria, Australia
    Thursday Jan 12, 1939

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    Black Friday Bushfires

    Victoria, Australia
    Thursday Jan 12, 1939

    The Black Friday bushfires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, were among the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world. Almost 20,000 km2 (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burned, 71 people died, several towns were entirely obliterated and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management. Over 1,300 homes and 69 sawmills were burned, and 3,700 buildings were destroyed.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Monday Jan 30, 1939

    Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels continued his intensive antisemitic

    Berlin, Germany
    Monday Jan 30, 1939

    Goebbels continued his intensive antisemitic propaganda campaign that culminated in Hitler's 30 January 1939 Reichstag speech.




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