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On This Day in History - 19th August


1631John Dryden, English poet, dramatist and satire writer
1646John Flamsteed, First Astronomer Royal
1883Gabrielle Chanel, French courtier
1902Ogden Nash, American humorist
1940Jill St John, American actress
1943Billy J. Kramer, Pop artist
1945Bill Clinton, 45th US President


1897Taxi cabs began operating in London
1940The British withdrew from British Somaliland
1942Allied forces mounted a raid on the French port of Dieppe
1969The army took over the policing of Northern Ireland
1973George Papadopoulos became the first president of Greece
1977Groucho Marx, the American comedian of the 'Marx Brothers', died
1979Two soviet cosmonauts completed a record 175 day space flight
1986Nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield was halted because of sea discharge guidelines
1991A coup attempted to remove President Gorbachev from power in the Soviet Union