1st August 1833
Abolishment of slavery in most of the British Empire. 180 years.
2nd August 1788
Thomas Gainsborough, an English portrait and landscape painter, dies. 225 years
2nd August 1923
Warren G. Harding dies. 90 years.
5th August 1963
The United States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban.
11th August 1813
Henry James Pye, British poet laureate, dies. 200 years.
13th August 1863
Eugene Delacroix, French romantic artist, dies. 150 years
13th August 1888
John Logie Baird, inventor and the father of TV, is born. 125 years.
14th August 1988
Enzo Ferrari, sportscar manufacturer, dies. 25 years.
14th August 1923
Diane Arbus, photographer and innovator, is born. 90 years.
16th August 1888
Thomas Edward Lawrence, a British army officer renowned for his liaison role during the Arab revolt, is born. 125 years
16th August 2003
Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator, dies. 10 years.
18th August 1963
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi. 50 years.
19th August 1913
Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person in Europe to parachute jump from an aircraft. 100 years.
26th August 1813
Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter, is born. 200 years
26th August 1813
Battle of Dresden, Napoleon I against the Sixth Coalition. 200 years.
28th August 1963
Martin Luther King Jr says his "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. 50 years
29th August 2003
Patrick Procktor, English artist, dies. 10 years
30th August 1963
Guy Burgess, British double agent, dies. 50 years.
31st August 1888
First mutilated body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols is found. 125 years.
31st August 1963
George Braque, painter and sculptor, dies. 50 years
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