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 This day in History - August 31
390 Historic Events for August 31
1940

US National Guard assembles

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1940

Fighter Command loses 39/Luftwaffe 41 airplanes

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1940

German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap ration

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1940

56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)

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1940

Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58

Death
1940

Alain Calmat, France, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1964)

Birth
1940

Jack Thompson, [John Pain], Sydney Australia, actor (Breaker Morant)

Birth
1941

Henk Terlingen, Dutch radio/TV-host (Paul Meier Show)

Birth
1941

Emanuel Nunes, composer

Birth
1941

Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee and Molly debuts on NBC

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1941

23 U-boats sunk this month (80,000 ton)

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1941

Marian Zwetajewa, writer, dies

Death
1942

U boats sunk this month 108 ships (544,000 ton)

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1942

Carole Wells, Shreveport La, actress (Pistols 'n' Petticoats)

Birth
1942

Von Bismarck, German major general, (Africa Corps), dies in battle

Death
1942

Battle at Alam Halfa: German and Italians assault

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1942

Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)

Birth
1943

1st battle of Essex/new Yorktown: US assault on Marcus Island

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1943

Japanse occupiers intern Jewish Congregation of Sorabajo

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1944

Clive Hubert Lloyd, cricketer ("Supercat", 110 Tests 1966-85)

Birth
1944

French provisional government moves from Algiers to Paris

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1944

Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide

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1944

Allied offensive at "Gothen-linie," Italy

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1944

Russian-Romanian troops march into Bucharest

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1944

French troops liberate Bordeaux

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