15th July 1892
Walter Benjamin, German philosopher and art critic, is born. 125 years.
17th July 1717
King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel's Water Music is premiered. 300 years.
17th July 1917
King George V issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British royal family will bear the surname Windsor. 100 years.
17th July 1917
Andrew Wyeth, American artist, is born. 100 years.
20th July 1937
Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his work in radio technology, dies. 80 years.
24th July 1567
Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI. 450 years.
26th July 1952
María Eva Duarte de Perón, second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, died. 65 years.
27th July 1867
On Coney Island, Charles Feltman allegedly invents the hot dog. 150 years.
28th July 1887
Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor, was born. 130 years.
29th July 1567
James VI, age one, is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling. 450 years.
29th July 1987
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France Francois Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel: Eurotunnel. 30 years.
30th July 2007
Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter, died. 10 years.
31st July 1917
WWI: the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) in Flanders begins. 100 years.
2nd August 1667
Francesco Borromini, Italian architect born in today's Ticino (CH) and a leading figure in the emergence of Roman Baroque architecture, died. 350 years.
2nd August 1922
Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who patented the first practical telephone. died. 95 years
2nd August 1932
Peter O'Toole, Irish-English actor, singer, and producer, was born. 85 years.
4th August 1932
Alfred Henry Maurer, American painter, died. 85 years.
5th August 1962
Marilyn Monroe, American actress and model, famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters, died. 55 years
6th August 1917
Robert Charles Durman Mitchum, American film actor, director, author, poet, composer, and singer, was born. 100 years
7th August 1867
Emil Nolde, one of the first Expressionists and member of Die Brücke, was born. 150 years.

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