2nd August 1934
Paul von Hindenburg, the former President of Germany, died. 85 years.
2nd August 1964
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, causing President Johnson to escalate war in Vietnam. 55 years.
6th August 1889
The opening of the Savoy Hotel in London. 130 years.
6th August 1809
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, one of the most popular British poets, was born. 210 years.
9th August 1974
Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency, following Watergate Scandal. 45 years.
12th August 1939
The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood (released in theatres everywhere on August 25th). 80 years.
15th August 1769
Napoleon Bonaparte French military and political leader, was born in Ajaccio. 250 years.
21st August 1959
President Eisenhower signed proclamation admitting Hawaii to the union as the 50th state. 60 years.
22nd August 1939
The Molotov-Ribbentrop is signed. The pact between Germany and Russia, reported as a non-aggression treaty but was actually an agreement to split Poland between them. 80 years.
25th August 1984
Truman Capote, the American author and playwright, died. 35 years.
26th August 1974
Charles Lindbergh, the American aviation pioneer, died. 45 years.
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