1st August 1833
The Slavery Abolition Act was passed by the British Parliament. 190 years.
2nd August 1923
Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, died. 95 years.
2nd August 1788
Thomas Gainsborough, English portrait and landscape painter, died. 230 years.
8th August 1963
Great Train Robbery: £2.6 million robbed from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. 55 years.
4th August 1693
Dom Perignon invented champagne. 325 years.
8th-11th August 1918
The Battle of Amiens: the opening phase of the Allied offensive known as the Hundred Days Offensive that led to the end of the WWI. 100 years.
10th August 1793
The Musée du Louvre was officially opened in Paris, France. 225 years.
10th August 1928
Eddie Fisher, American singer and actor, was born. 90 years.
12th August 1988
Jean-Michel Basquiat, American painter, died. 30 years.
13th August 1863
Eugene Delacroix, French romantic artist, dies. 155 years.
13th August 1888
John Logie Baird, inventor of TV, was born. 130 years.
14th August 1988
Enzo Ferrari, sports car manufacturer, died. 30 years.
15th August 1928
Nicolas Roeg, English director and cinematographer, was born. 90 years.
16th August 1868
Bernarr MacFadden, American body-builder and "father of physical culture", was born. 150 years.
16th August 1888
Thomas Edward Lawrence, British army officer renowned for his liaison role during the Arab revolt, was born. 130 years.
16th August 1948
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, American baseball player and coach, died. 70 years.
16th August 1958
Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director, was born. 60 years.
16th August 1993
Stewart Granger, English-American actor, died. 25 years.
17th August 1893
Mae West, American actress, singer, and screenwriter, was born. 125 years.
17th August 1943
Robert De Niro, American actor, director, and producer, was born. 75 years.

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