August 7, 1942 – Volkswagen halts production during World War II

August 7, 1942 – Volkswagen halts production during World War II

On this day in 1944, under the threat of Allied bombing during World War II, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen halts production of the “Beetle,” as its small, insect-shaped automobile was dubbed in the international press.

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August 5, 2010 – The San Jose copper-gold mine in Chile caves in, trapping 33 miners underground

August 5, 2010 – The San Jose copper-gold mine in Chile caves in, trapping 33 miners underground

On this day in 2010, a 121-year-old copper-gold mine caves in in the Atacama Desert, located in northern Chile.

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August 5, 1944 – Hundreds of Jews are freed from forced labor in Warsaw

August 5, 1944 – Hundreds of Jews are freed from forced labor in Warsaw

On this day in 1944, Polish insurgents liberate a German forced-labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners, who join in a general uprising against the German occupiers of the city.

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