1st August 1936
Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer who impacted fashion from the 1960s to the present day, is born. 80 years.
2nd August 1976
Fritz Lang, Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor, dies. 40 years.
3rd August 1881
William Fargo, American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, died. 135 years.
5th August 2016
Rio 2016: South America plays Olympic host for first time in Brazil.
6th August 1766
William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist famous for discovering palladium and rhodium, is born. 250 years.
6th August 1881
Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist, best-known for discovery Penicillin, was born. 135 years.
6th August 1926
Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel. 90 years.
7th August 1616
Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect, who designed Teatro Olimpico at Vicenza, dies. 400 years.
8 August 1921
Esther Williams, American swimmer, actress, and singer, was born. 95 years.
9th August 1516
Hieronymus Bosch, northern European painter, best known for his fantastic and detailed imagery, died. 500 years.
9th August 1936
Jesse Owens became the first American to win 4 gold medals at a single Olympic in Berlin. 80 years.
11th August 1956
Jackson Pollock, American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement, dies. 60 years.
13th August 1926
Fidel Castro, Cuban lawyer, communist politician and revolutionary, is born. 90 years.
13th August 1946
H. G. Wells, English novelist and journalist best known for such science fiction novels, dies. 70 years.
14th August 1941
World War II: Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims. 75 years.
15th August 1771
Sir Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet, was born. 245 years.
16th August 1916
Umberto Boccioni, Italian Futurist artist and sculptor, died. 100 years.
16th August 1956
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film, died. 60 years.
18th August 1936
Charles Robert Redford Jr., known as Robert Redford, American actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist, was born. 80 years.
19th August 1936
Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, playwright, theatre director and emblematic member of the Generation of '27, died. 80 years.

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