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August 1

1838  Slavery was abolished in the British Empire

August 2

1887  Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire

August 3

1858  John Speke, English explorer, discovered Lake Victoria

August 4
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Lizzie Borden  1860-19271892  Lizzie Borden was alleged to have killed her father and stepmother with an axe in Fall River, Massachusetts

1265  Simon de Montfort was defeated and killed at the Battle of Evesham

August 5

1858  The laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable was completed - but it failed after three weeks

August 7

Sir Robin Day  1923-20002000  Actor Alec Guinness and political commentator Sir Robin Day died

1947  The Kon Tiki expedition landed on a reef in the Tuamotu Archipelago in the Pacific Ocean having spent four months at sea on a raft made of balsa wood

1914  The £1 and 10/- notes were first issued

August 8

1919  F W Woolworth, founder of the chain of stores that bear his name, died

August 9
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1979  Brighton became the first British seaside resort to have a beach reserved for nudists

1974  Gerald Ford became the 38th President of the USA under extraordinary circumstances

1792  The Paris commune was established

August 10

1895  The first Promenade Concert was given

1675  Charles II laid the foundation stone of Greenwich Observatory

August 11

1877  The astronomer Asaph Hall first saw Phobos and Deimos, the two moons that circle Mars

August 12

1960  Echo 1, the first communications satellite was launched

August 13

Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec  1781-18261972  The last US troops left Vietnam

1826  Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, the inventor of the stethoscope, died

August 15
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L Frank Baum  1856-1919The National Flag of India1947  India became independent

1939  The film Wizard of Oz was given its world premiere

August  16

1897  The Tate Gallery in London opened

August  17

1977  Elvis died

August  19

1969 Mini Cooper S Mk 21953  England regained the Ashes after 20 years

1959  The Mini was launched

1978  Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, completed the first balloon crossing of the Atlantic in Double Eagle II

August  20

1980  Italian Reinhold Messner completed the first solo ascent of Everest

August  21

Detail from Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington1961  Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington was stolen from the National Gallery

1959  Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA

August  22

1485  The Battle of Bosworth Field brought the Wars of the Roses to an end

August  23

1297  William Wallace, conqueror of the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, was hanged at Smithfield, London

August  24
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The official NATO emblem1949  The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was established

  410  The Visigoths captured Rome

August  25

1875  Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the the Channel

August  26

1883  The volcanic island of Krakatoa in the Sunda Strait started to erupt - over 36000 people died in the resulting tidal waves

August  27

2003  Mars is closest to Earth in nearly 60,000 years passing passing some 34,646,416 miles away

August  28

Sir Godfrey Hounsfield  1919-1919  Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, Nobel prize winner and inventor of the CAT scanner, was born

August  29

1949  Russia detonated its first atomic device

August  30

1900  Bubonic plague broke out in Glasgow

1860  The first tramway in Britain was opened in Birkenhead

August  31

1951  Deutsche Grammophon launched the first long-playing record

1888  Polly Nichols, the first victim of Jack The Ripper, was found dead

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