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On This Day in History - 8th August


1901Ernest Lawrence, US physicist
1919Dino De Laurentis, Italian born film producer
1923Esther Williams, US swimmer and film actress
1937Dustin Hoffman, US film actor; 'Rain Man' & 'Hook'
1953Nigel Mansell, British motor racing world champion


1786Mt Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe, was climbed for the first time
1902Frank W. Woolworth, the founder of Woolworth chain stores, died
1940The Battle of Britain began
1960A militray coup was staged in Laos, asia
1963The Great Train Robbery took place, in which 2.5 million was stolen
1974Richard Nixon resigned as US President, the first president to do so
1978The United States launched its Pioneer Venus probe
1981The United States announced plans to produce the neutron bomb
1983A militray coup was staged in Guatemala, central america
1985South African government assumed further powers to deal with unrest