15th August 1769
Napoleon Bonaparte French military and political leader, was born in Ajaccio. 250 years.
15th August 1939
The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood (released in theatres everywhere on August 25th). 80 years.
17th August 1969
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect, dies. 50 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.
1st September 1939
Germany invaded Poland, commencing World War II. 80 years.
6th September 1939
Arthur Rackham, the British book illustrator famous for Alice's Adventues in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and many more, died. 80 years.
14th September 1939
The VS-300, the world's first practical helicopter, takes flight at Stratford, Connecticut. Designed by Igor Sikorsky and built by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation. 80 years.
16th September 1924
Lauren Bacall, American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks, is born. 95 years.
19th September 1839
George Cadbury, third son of John Cadbury, a Quaker who founded Cadbury's cocoa and chocolate company in Britain, was born. 180 years.
20th September 1934
Sophia Loren, Italian actress, declared "one of the world cinema's treasures", was born. 85 years.
22nd September 1989
Irving Berlin, the American songwriter and lyricist, died. 30 years.
23rd September 1889
Wilkie Collins, the British author best known for 'The Woman in White', died. 130 years.
23rd September 1939
Sigmund Freud, an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis, died. 80 years.
26th September 1934
RMS Queen Mary was launched in Clydebank, Scotland. 85 years.
26th September 1874
Lewis Wickes Hine, American photographer who used his camera as a tool for social reform, is born. 145 years.
30th September 1924
Truman Capote, American bestselling author, most famous for Breakfast at Tiffany's, was born. 95 years.
1st October 1924
Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was born. 95 years.

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