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17 Jan 1938

  • Japanese Navy revealed requirements for the next generation of carrier fighters to representatives from Nakajima and Mitsubishi; Nakajima thought the requirements were impossible and dropped out of the race, while Mitsubishi was able to meet the requirements with its prototype A6M Type 0 fighter in 1939. ww2dbase [A6M Zero | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt began the March of Dimes campaign to fight poliomyelitis. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Koki Hirota's message to a diplomat stationed in the United States was intercepted by the Americans. In this message, he made note of the atrocities happening in Nanjing, China and compared the Japanese Army in Nanjing to those serving under Attila the Hun. ww2dbase [Battle of Nanjing and the Rape of Nanjing | Koki Hirota | CPC]
  • The keel of Hammann was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Hammann | Kearny, New Jersey | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Jan 1938
USS Yorktown anchored in the Caribbean Sea during her shakedown cruise, 17 Jan 1938

17 Jan 1938 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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