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16th August 1948 (75 Years)
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, American baseball player and coach, died.
16th August 1951 (72 Years)
Bernarr MacFadden "father of physical culture", parachutes over the Hudson River on his 83rd birthday.
16th August 1956 (67 Years)
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film, died.
16th August 1958 (65 Years)
Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director, was born.
16th August 1977 (46 Years)
Elvis Aaron Presley "the King of Rock and Roll" and one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, died.
16th August 1977 (46 Years)
Elvis Aaron Presley "the King of Rock and Roll" and one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, died.
16th August 1993 (30 Years)
Stewart Granger, English-American actor, died.
17th August 1893 (130 Years)
Mae West, American actress, singer, and screenwriter, was born.
17th August 1943 (80 Years)
Robert De Niro, American actor, director, and producer, was born.
17th August 1969 (54 Years)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect, dies.
17th August 1987 (36 Years)
Rudolf Hess, prominent politician in Nazi Germany and Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the UK, died.
17th August 1987 (36 Years)
Rudolf Hess, prominent politician in Nazi Germany and Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the UK, died.
18th August 1936 (87 Years)
Charles Robert Redford Jr., known as Robert Redford, American actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist, was born.
18th August 1963 (60 Years)
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
19th August 1743 (280 Years)
Madame du Barry, French mistress of Louis XV of France, was born.
19th August 1913 (110 Years)
Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person in Europe to parachute jump from an aircraft.
19th August 1936 (87 Years)
Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, playwright, theatre director and emblematic member of the Generation of '27, died.
19th August 1947 (76 Years)
First trial of notorious female nazi criminal Isle Koch.
19th August 1977 (46 Years)
Julius Henry Marx, known as Groucho Marx, American comedian, film and television star, died.
20th August 1940 (83 Years)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few".
21st August 1918 (105 Years)
WWI - Second Battle of the Somme, fought on the Western Front, in the basin of the River Somme.
21st August 1940 (83 Years)
Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary and Marxist theorist, was assassinated.
21st August 1959 (64 Years)
President Eisenhower signed proclamation admitting Hawaii to the union as the 50th state.
22nd August 0565 (1458 Years)
St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
22nd August 1862 (161 Years)
Claude-Achille Debussy, French composer, was born.
22nd August 1893 (130 Years)
Dorothy Parker, American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, was born.
22nd August 1927 (96 Years)
Trial and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, Italian-Americans who were convicted of robbery and murder.
22nd August 1939 (84 Years)
The Molotov-Ribbentrop is signed. The pact between Germany and Russia, reported as a non-aggression treaty but was actually an agreement to split Poland between them.
23rd August 1912 (111 Years)
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly, American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer, was born.
23rd August 1926 (97 Years)
Rudolph Valentino, Italian-American film actor who was admired as the 'Great Lover' of the 1920s, dies.

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