August 19, 1934 – Hitler is elected president of Germany

August 19, 1934 – Hitler is elected president of Germany

On this day in 1934, Adolf Hitler, already chancellor, is also elected president of Germany in an unprecedented consolidation of power in the short history of the republic

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August 17, 1987 – Hitler’s last living henchman dies

August 17, 1987 – Hitler’s last living henchman dies

Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s former deputy, is found strangled to death in Spandau Prison in Berlin at the age of 93, apparently the victim of suicide.

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August 2, 1934 – Hitler becomes Führer

August 2, 1934 – Hitler becomes Führer

With the death of German President Paul von Hindenburg, Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.”

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August 2, 1939 – Einstein urges U.S. atomic action

August 2, 1939 – Einstein urges U.S. atomic action

From his home on Long Island, New York, German-born physicist Albert Einstein writes to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging “watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action” on the part of the United States in atomic research.

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July 11, 1944 – Hitler is paid a visit by his would-be assassin

July 11, 1944 – Hitler is paid a visit by his would-be assassin

On this day in 1944, Count Claus von Stauffenberg, a German army officer, transports a bomb to Adolf Hitler’s headquarters in Berchtesgaden, in Bavaria, with the intention of assassinating the Fuhrer.

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