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August 04, 1944

Anne Frank Captured

On August 4, 1944, the Nazi Gestapo captures Anne Frank and her family, who are hiding in Holland. When she was four, Anne Frank's German family escaped the Nazi persecution of Jews by moving to Amsterdam. In the summer of 1942, with the German occupation of Holland underway, 12-year-old Anne began...

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August 04, 1993

Japan Apologizes to WWII Sex Slaves

On this day in in 1993, Japan formally apologized—for the first time—to so-called comfort women, some 200,000 women forced to serve its soldiers as sex slaves during World War II. Comfort women were young girls from a variety of Asian countries who were forcibly abducted and raped or else lu...

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August 04, 1693

Champagne Invented

When Bendictine monk Dom Perignon was making wine and couldn't rid it of bubbles, he tasted his accidental creation and exclaimed, "Come quickly! I am drinking the stars!" Thus, according to legend, was champagne invented on this day in 1693. At the age of 19 Dom Perignon entered the Benedicti...

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