On this day: August 31

POSTED: 4:30 PM Aug 30 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 31 2012

Jack the Ripper claims his first victim, Coca-Cola makes its European debut, Jimi Hendrix rocks in the early morning hours at the Isle of Wight, and the "People's Princess" dies in a car crash, all on this day.

OTD August 31 - Gleiwitz radio tower
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1939: Nazi forces posing as Poles seize the Gleiwitz radio station tower in Germany and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish. The incident, part of a project called Operation Himmler, was intended to give the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany and create an excuse to attack Poland.

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