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August 1 1981 MTV premiers at 12:01 AM
August 2 1876 Wild Bill Hickok shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held a pair of Aces & a pair of 8's
August 3 1961 Tommy Douglas was elected leader of the New Democratic Party at its founding convention in Ottawa
August 4 1900 Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was born
August 5 1924 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, debuts
August 6 1945 The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan
August 7 1927 The official opening ceremony of the Peace Bridge which connects Buffalo, New York to Fort Erie, Ontario
August 8 1961 Birth of Dave Evans (The Edge - U2)
August 9 1854 Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"
August 10 1960 The Canadian Bill of Rights became law
August 11 1934 The first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay
August 12 1851 American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine
August 13 1535 Jacques Cartier, the French explorer, discovered the St. Lawrence River
August 14 1903 Birth of John Ringling North, circus director
August 15 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York
August 16 1977 Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42
August 17 1886 George Washington Carmack staked his claim after striking gold the previous day marking the beginning of the Klondike gold rush
August 18 1227 Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died
August 19 1942 Canadians paid a heavy toll during the Second World War when units of the Second Division raided the French town of Dieppe
August 20 1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Norwood Builder"
August 21 1680 Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa Fe, N.M., after driving out the Spanish
August 22 1485 England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses
August 23 1793 Louis XVI Versailles, king of France (1774-92); guillotined
August 24 79 Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash
August 25 1932 Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight
August 26 1961 The official International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto
August 27 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes Tarzan
August 28 1789 Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus
August 29 1896 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
August 30 30 BC Cleopatra VII the most famous queen of Egypt, commits suicide
August 31 1888 Mary Ann Nicholls was found murdered in London's East End in what is generally regarded as the first slaying committed by Jack the Ripper

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