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17th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1930 Ted Hughes (British Poet Laureate) 

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Died:

1850 Jose de San Martin (Revolutionary and General in South America leading in Argentina, Chile and Peru for independence from Spain)

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On This Day:

1950 Indonesia gains independence (from The Netherlands)

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16th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1888 TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia – diplomatic role in WW1 Middle East)

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Died:

2003 Idi Amin (Dictator of Uganda and culpable for the killings of approx half a million people)

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1960 Cyprus granted independence (from Britain)

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Have a good Thursday, 16th August

15th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1769 Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of France and military leader)

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Died:

1975 Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman (Founding Father and President of Bangladesh)

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On This Day:

1914 Panama Canal opens

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Have a good Wednesday, 15th August

14th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1945 Steve Martin (actor & comedian)

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Died:

1967 Bob Anderson (British racing driver)

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On This Day:

1945 Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW2

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Have a good Tuesday, 14th August

13th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1926 Fidel Castro (revolutionary and leader of Cuba)

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Died:

1910 Florence Nightingale (British nurse during the Crimean War – The Lady With The Lamp)

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On This Day:

1960 Central Africa Republic declares independence (from France)

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Have a good Monday, 13th August

12th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1949 Mark Knopfler (guitarist – Dire Straits)

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Died:

30 BC Cleopatra (last Egyptian ruler of the Ptolemaic Dynasty)

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On This Day:

1992 NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, USA & Mexico) negotiations declared completed

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Have a good Sunday, 12th August

11th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1897 Enid Blyton (author of children’s books)

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Died:

2014 Robin Williams (actor and comedian)

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On This Day:

1960 Chad declares independence (from France)

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Have a good Saturday, 11th August