1st August 1927
Chinese Civil War starts, fought between forces loyal to the government of the Republic of China, and forces loyal to the Communist Party of China. 90 years.
1st August 1987
Pola Negri, Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her femme fatale roles, died. 30 years
3rd August 1962
Australia entered the Vietnam War. 55 years
7th August 1867
Emil Nolde, one of the first Expressionists and member of Die Brücke, was born. 150 years.
7th August 1942
WWII: The Guadalcanal Campaign, fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943, the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan, began. 75 years
9th August 1902
The coronation of Edward VII and his wife Alexandra as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Empire took place at Westminster Abbey, London. 115 years.
12th August 1942
The Second Moscow Conference between the major Allies of World War II takes place. 75 years.
13th August 1937
The Battle of Shanghai, the 1st and bloodiest battle fought between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War, began. 75 years
16th August 1977
Elvis Aaron Presley "the King of Rock and Roll" and one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, died. 40 years
17th August 1987
Rudolf Hess, prominent politician in Nazi Germany and Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the UK, died. 30 years
19th August 1947
First trial of notorious female nazi criminal Isle Koch. 70 years
22nd August 1927
Trial and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, Italian-Americans who were convicted of robbery and murder. 90 years.
23rd August 1942
The Battle of Stalingrad starts, major WWII battle in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia. 75 years.
28th August 1987
Nicolas Roeg discusses John Huston's work. The American film director, screenwriter and actor died on this day. 30 years.
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