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.
8th 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.
23rd August 1926
Rudolph Valentino, Italian-American film actor who was admired as the 'Great Lover' of the 1920s, dies. 90 years.
23rd August 1946
Keith Moon, English musician best known as the drummer of the English rock group the Who, is born. 70 years.
26th August 1666
Frans Hals, Dutch painter and educator, died. 350 years.
30th August 1716
Lancelot Brown, more commonly known as Capability Brown, English landscape architect, was born. 300 years.
30th August 2006
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" For, Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted more than 50 years, died. 10 years.

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