1st August 1840
Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated. 175 years.
4th August 1265
Second Barons' War: Battle of Evesham - the army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies. 750 years.
5th August 1930
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the Moon, is born. 85 years.
6th August 1945
The first atomic bomb is dropped by a United States aircraft on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. 70 years.
9th August 1945
American forces drop an atomic bomb on Nagasaki - the second such attack on Japan in the past three days. 70 years.
14th August 1915
Mary Fedden, British artist, is born. 100 years.
20th August 1940
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". 75 years.
22nd August 0565
St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland. 1450 years.
24th August 1215
Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid. 800 years.
24th August 1875
Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel. 140 years.
25th August 1930
Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer, is born. 85 years.
27th August 1890
Man Ray, American-French modernist painter and photographer, is born. 125 years.
29th August 1950
Korean War: British troops arrive in Korea to bolster the US presence there. 65 years.
29th August 1780
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, French Neoclassical painter, is born in Montauban, France. 235 years.
29th August 1915
Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress who won three Academy Awards, is born. 100 years.
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