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Gudovac was first settled during the Middle Ages and had an ethnically mixed population through much of its history. In 1931, Gudovac had 1,073 inhabitants living in 330 households. Croats formed two-thirds of the population, while the remaining inhabitants were ethnic Serbs. The Gudovac municipality had a population of 8,000, including 3,000 Serbs.
On 28 April 1941, the village was the site of a massacre of between 184 and 196 Bjelovar Serbs by the fascist and ultranationalist Ustaše on 28 April 1941, during World War II. It was the first such massacre of Serbs by the Ustaše, which would continue its genocidal campaign until end of the Second World War in 1945.
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