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.
2nd September 1945
Japan formally surrenders, ending World War II throughout the rest of the world. 70 years.
3rd September 1935
Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an auto mobile over 300 mph. 80 years.
4th September 1985
The first pictures of the wreck of the Titanic are released 73 years after the liner sank with the loss of 1,500 lives. 30 years.
7th September 1940
World War II: The Blitz - Nazi Germany begins to rain bombs on London. This will be the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing. 75 years.
13th September 1940
World War II: German bombs damage Buckingham Palace. 75 years.
15th September 1835
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands. 180 years.
15th September 1940
World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shoots down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft. 75 years.
15th September 1890
Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright, is born. 125 years.
18th September 1970
The American musician, singer and songwriter, Jimi Hendrix dies. 45 years.
19th September 1945
Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) is sentenced to death in London. 70 years.
27th September 1905
Albert Einstein publishes a paper in which he explains the equivalence of matter and energy (E=mc2). 110 years.
28th September 1975
The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London. 40 years.
28th September 1865
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britain's first Woman doctor, gets a qualification. 150 years.

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