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
7th August 1957
Oliver Norvell "Babe" Hardy, American comic actor famous as one-half of Laurel and Hardy, died. 60 years.
8th August 1902
Jacques Joseph Tissot, Anglicized as James Tissot, died. 115 years.
9th August 1902
Edward VII and wife Alexandra are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Empire at Westminster Abbey, London. 115 years.
9th August 1962
Hermann Karl Hesse, German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, died. 55 years.
10th August 1792
French Revolution: Storming of the Tuileries Palace: Louis XVI of France is arrested and taken into custody as his Swiss Guards are massacred by the Parisian mob. 225 years
11th August 1937
Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer, died. 80 years
12th August 1942
The Second Moscow Conference between the major Allies of World War II convenes. 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. 80 years
14th August 1867
John Galsworthy, novelist, is born. 150 years.
15th August 1967
René Magritte, Belgian artist, dies. 50 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 1977
Julius Henry Marx, known as Groucho Marx, American comedian, film and television star, died. 40 years
22nd August 1862
Claude-Achille Debussy, French composer, was born. 155 years.
23rd August 1927
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian-born anarchists convicted of murder in Braintree, Massachusetts, are executed via electric chair. 90 years.
23rd August 1942
WWII: The Battle of Stalingrad, fought between Nazi Germany allies and the Soviet Union over control of the city of Stalingrad, begins. 75 years.
23rd August 1912
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly, American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer, was born. 105 years.
25th August 1867
Michael Faraday, English scientist known for his contribution in electromagnetism, died. 150 years.
28th August 1987
John Marcellus Huston, American film director, screenwriter and actor died. 30 years.

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