Saturday, July 11, 2015

Knox New SecNav

THU 11 JUL 1940
William Franklin [Frank] Knox of Illinois, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, takes office as Secretary of the Navy. President Roosevelt's choice of Knox, who had been the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in the 1936 election, reflects the Chief Executive's desire for bipartisan support of his policies.

Heavy cruisers Wichita (CA-45) (Rear Admiral Andrew C. Pickens) and Quincy (CA-39) depart Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil, for Santos, Brazil.

Captain Laurence Wild relieves Captain Edward W. Hanson as Governor of American Samoa and Commandant of Naval Station, Tutuila, Samoa.

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