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 This day in History - August 8
409 Historic Events for August 8
1944

Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin

Birth
1944

Hans van Eijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels)

Birth
1944

US 15th Army corp occupies Le Mans

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1944

Germans raid Achterhuis, home of Anne Frank and family

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1944

Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan

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1944

Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal, hanged

Death
1945

Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

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1945

USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea

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1945

USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

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1945

US, USSR, England and France sign Treaty of London

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1945

England and Aust Services draw 4th Victory Test

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1946

Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney and John Galbreath for $25 million

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1946

India agrees to give Bhutan 32ý miles

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1946

French W Weisglas, Dutch MP (VVD)

Birth
1946

Robin M Tallon, (Rep-D-SC, 1983- )

Birth
1947

Larry Wilcox, SD Calif, actor (Lassie, Officer Jon Baker-CHiPs)

Birth
1947

Jose Cruz, leftfielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros)

Birth
1948

Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-12, T-15A)

Birth
1948

"Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances

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1949

Bela Magyari, Hungary, cosmonaut

Birth
1949

Airrion Love, US singer (Stylistics-16 Bars)

Birth
1949

Keith Carradine, San Mateo Calif, actor (Young Guns, Pretty Baby)

Birth
1949

Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy

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1950

Ernest F E Douwes Dekker, founder National-India Party, dies

Death
1950

Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69

Death