On this date in 1889 Adolf Hitler was born. Following World War I, this obscure Austrian rose to become the Chancellor of Germany with the help of many wealthy American, British and German industrialists. By this date in 1939 he was powerful enough that his 50th birthday was observed as a national holiday. His extermination of European Jews along with many other “undesirables” ranks as one of the darkest chapters in human history. By 1945, he had withdrawn to his bunker to await the end of the war and his own demise, but on this date he emerged for the last time to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers from the Hitler Youth. To find out more watch for our next Scandalous History video Hitler’s American Fan Club.