1st August 1714
Richard Wilson, the Welsh artist considered by many to be the father of British landscape painting, is born. 300 years.
2nd August 1934
Paul von Hindenburg, the former President of Germany, dies. 80 years.
2nd August 1964
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, causing President Johnson to escalate war in Vietnam. 50 years.
6th August 1889
The opening of the Savoy Hotel in London. 125 years.
9th August 1974
Richard Nixon resigns from the Presidency, following Watergate Scandal, official resignation at the White House. 40 years.
11th August 1614
Lavinia Fontana, the Italian painter regarded as the first woman artist, dies. 400 years.
12th August 1939
The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood (released in theatres everywhere on August 25th). 75 years.
14th August 1984
J.B. Priestley, the British novelist, playwright and broadcaster, dies. 30 years.
21st August 1959
President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Hawaii to the union as the 50th state. 55 years.
22nd August 1939
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. 75 years.
25th August 1984
Truman Capote, the American author and playwright, dies. 30 years.
26th August 1974
Charles Lindbergh, the American aviation pioneer, dies. 40 years.
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