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  • Germany
    Thursday Aug 2, 1934

    Adolf Hitler

    Hindenburg died

    Germany
    Thursday Aug 2, 1934

    On 2 August 1934, Hindenburg died. The previous day, the cabinet had enacted the "Law Concerning the Highest State Office of the Reich". This law stated that upon Hindenburg's death, the office of president would be abolished and its powers merged with those of the chancellor. Hitler thus became head of state as well as head of government, and was formally named as Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor), although Reichskanzler was eventually quietly dropped.




  • Germany
    Thursday Aug 2, 1934

    Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels announced that the offices of president and chancellor had been combined

    Germany
    Thursday Aug 2, 1934

    On 2 August 1934, President von Hindenburg died. In a radio broadcast, Goebbels announced that the offices of president and chancellor had been combined, and Hitler had been formally named as Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor).




  • Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 11, 1934

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Questions

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 11, 1934

    Questions about the story's accuracy are not new. In a newspaper article in The Scotsman, "Greyfriars Bobby A Dog's Devotion" (11 August 1934), Councillor Wilson McLaren responds to contemporary questions about the accuracy of the stories by describing his own conversation, in 1871, with "Mr Traill" of "Traill's Coffee House" in relation to the dog he himself was then feeding, reassuring readers about the story Mr Traill had given him, and describing responses in 1889 to questions about the story's accuracy. A sense of the difficulty of determining accuracy is gained from two opposing letters to The Scotsman newspaper on 8 February 1889 (part of the debate referred to by McLaren), both from people claiming close links to Greyfriars Kirk, both claiming to have known of the dog personally but with opposing views over the accuracy of stories.




  • Germany
    Sunday Aug 19, 1934

    Adolf Hitler

    The Merger was approved

    Germany
    Sunday Aug 19, 1934

    On 19 August, the merger of the presidency with the chancellorship was approved by 88 per cent of the electorate voting in a plebiscite.




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