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19th August 1991: August Coup places Gorbachev under house arrest

8/19/2017
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On the 19th August 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev, the President of the Soviet Union, was placed under house arrest in what is known as the August Coup. Opposed to Gorbachev’s reforms, the leaders of the coup...

Duration: 00:02:23


18th August 1612: Trial of the Pendle Witches begins

8/18/2017
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On the 18th August 1612, the trials of nine Lancashire women and two men known as the Pendle Witches began. Accused of various murders, twelve people were charged of whom was found not guilty and...

Duration: 00:02:11


17th August 1982: First commercial CD produced in Germany

8/17/2017
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On the 17th August 1982, the very first commercial compact disc was produced in the German town of Langenhagen. Although it was a number of months before the disc was actually available to purchase, the...

Duration: 00:02:01


16th August 1819: Protesters killed in the Peterloo Massacre

8/16/2017
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On the 16th August 1819, the Peterloo Massacre occurred at St Peter’s Field in Manchester when a group of over 60,000 protesters were charged by cavalry. An estimated 15 people died, and approximately 700 others...

Duration: 00:02:25


15th August 1941: Last execution takes place at the Tower of London

8/15/2017
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I’m very grateful to Giselle K. Jakobs for her thorough research and detailed website about the focus of today’s podcast – her grandfather, Josef Jakobs. You can visit her website at http://www.josefjakobs.info/ The last execution at...

Duration: 00:20:21


14th August 1980: Lech Wałęsa leads strike in Gdańsk shipyard

8/15/2017
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On the 14th August 1980, workers at the Lenin Shipyard in the Polish city of Gdańsk led by electrician Lech Wałęsa began a strike that led to the formation of the Solidarity labour movement. A...

Duration: 00:02:19


14th August 1980: Lech Wałęsa leads strike in Gdańsk shipyard

8/14/2017
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On the 14th August 1980, workers at the Lenin Shipyard in the Polish city of Gdańsk led by electrician Lech Wałęsa began a strike that led to the formation of the Solidarity labour movement. A...

Duration: 00:02:19


13th August 1961: Construction begins on the Berlin Wall

8/13/2017
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Beginning at midnight on the 13th August 1961, East German police and army began to close the border with West Berlin. The barbed wire and mesh barrier that was constructed overnight was gradually replaced with...

Duration: 00:02:23


12th August 1865: Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery

8/12/2017
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On the 12th August 1865 Joseph Lister carried out the world’s first antiseptic surgery using the chemical phenol, otherwise known as carbolic acid. Lister is remembered among the greats of medical science for being the...

Duration: 00:02:21


11th August 1919: Weimar Republic established after constitution signed

8/11/2017
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The Weimar Republic was officially established on 11th August 1919, when Friedrich Ebert signed the new constitution into law. The National Assembly that created the constitution had convened in the city of Weimar, which is...

Duration: 00:02:08


10th August 1792: Tuileries Palace stormed & French monarchy suspended

8/10/2017
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On the 10th August 1792, French revolutionary troops stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Referred to by some historians as ‘the Second Revolution’ the events of the 10th August suspended the monarchy under King Louis...

Duration: 00:01:55


9th August 1974: Richard Nixon resigns as President of the USA

8/9/2017
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On the 9th August 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States of America while facing impeachment and the almost certain removal from office due to the Watergate Scandal. Although Nixon’s impeachment trial...

Duration: 00:01:35


8th August 1963: The Great Train Robbery takes place

8/8/2017
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On the 8th August 1963, a gang of 15 men attacked a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London and stole over £2.6million in cash. Worth £50million today, the vast majority of the money...

Duration: 00:02:08


7th August 1964: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed by US Congress

8/7/2017
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On the 7th August 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by the United States Congress. The joint resolution granted powers to President Lyndon B. Johnson to use military force to assist countries in...

Duration: 00:02:04


6th August 1945: The USA drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima

8/6/2017
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On the 6th August 1945, the USA dropped an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima from the B-29 aircraft Enola Gay. 70,000 people were killed instantly, of whom 20,000 were...

Duration: 00:02:14


5th August 1962: Nelson Mandela arrested and jailed

8/5/2017
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On the 5th August 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested near the South African town of Howick and imprisoned facing charges of inciting workers’ strikes and leaving the country without a passport. He wasn’t released for...

Duration: 00:02:11


4th August 1944: First Allied jet pilot to achieve a combat victory by ‘tipping’ a V-1 doodlebug

8/4/2017
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RAF Flight Officer T. D. Dean became the first Allied jet pilot to achieve a combat victory when he ‘tipped’ a Nazi German V-1 ‘doodlebug’ flying bomb with his Gloster Meteor jet fighter. The V-1...

Duration: 00:11:24


3rd August 1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain

8/3/2017
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At 8am on the 3rd August 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from the Spanish port of Palos de la Frontera on the voyage that would take him to the Americas. While Columbus captained the Santa...

Duration: 00:02:01


2nd August 1934: Hitler becomes Führer after Hindenburg dies

8/2/2017
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On the 2nd August 1934, the 86 year old German Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg died of lung cancer and Adolf Hitler became both the Führer and Reich Chancellor of the German People. It effectively merged...

Duration: 00:02:18


1st August 1834: Slavery Abolition Act comes in to force

8/1/2017
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On the 1st August 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act came into force in the United Kingdom, although it had received royal assent a year earlier. The Act outlawed slavery throughout the British Empire, although there...

Duration: 00:02:10

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