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    Default 08.08.1963 - The Great Trainrobbery in England

    The Great Train Robbery is the name given to a £2.6 million train robbery committed on 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. The bulk of the stolen money was not recovered. This was probably the largest value, in comparison, robbery in British history - until the Securitas depot robbery of 2006 in Kent.

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    Default 9th August 1945 - 2nd Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki

    At 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945 an atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot. The black stone monolith marks the hypocenter.
    The fierce blast wind, heat rays reaching several thousand degrees, and deadly radiation generated by the explosion crushed, burned and killed everything in sight and reduced this entire area to a barren field of rubble.
    About one-third of Nagasaki City was destroyed and 150,000 people killed or injured, and it was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years. Now, the hypocenter remains as an international peace park and a symbol of the aspiration for world harmony.

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    Default 09.08.1483 - Sistine Chapel opened

    The Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in the Vatican City. Its fame rests on its architecture, which evokes Solomon's Temple of the Old Testament, its decoration, frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo whose ceiling is legendary, and its purpose, as a site of papal religious and functionary activity, notably the conclave, at which a new Pope is selected.
    The first mass in the Sistine Chapel was celebrated on August 9, 1483, the Feast of the Assumption, at which ceremony the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistine_Chapel

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    Default 09.08.1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Cedar Mountain

    The Battle of Cedar Mountain, also known as Slaughter's Mountain or Cedar Run, took place on August 9, 1862, in Culpeper County, Virginia, as part of the Northern Virginia Campaign of the American Civil War.

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    Default 09.08.1974 - President Nixon resigned

    As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, becomes president.

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    Default 09.08.1987 - The Hoddle Street Massacre in Clifton Hill

    The Hoddle Street massacre is the name given to a mass murder that occurred on the evening of Sunday, August 9, 1987 in Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The shootings resulted in the deaths of 7 people, and serious injury to 19 others.

    After a police chase lasting more than 30 minutes, 19 year old former Australian Army officer-cadet Julian Knight was caught in nearby Fitzroy North and arrested for the shootings. Knight was later sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 27 years for the bloodiest massacre in Australian history since the Sydney Milperra massacre in September 1984, where six men and a 17-year-old youth were killed. Knight couldn't receive a life sentence without parole because at the time Victoria did not have such a sentence also as he was between 18-21 he was classed as a young offender under Victorian law. This required for him to have a chance at rehabilitation.

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    Default 10.08.1500 - First European sighted Madagascar

    Diogo Dias, also known as Diogo Gomes, was a 15th century Portuguese explorer. He discovered some of the Cape Verde islands together with António Noli. Accompanied Pedro Álvares Cabral in the discovery of Brazil, being one of the captains of the fleet. On August 10, 1500, his ship, separated by weather, discovered an island they named after St Lawrence after the saint on whose feast day they had first sighted the island later known as Madagascar. He then returned to Portugal.

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    Default 10.08.1821 - Missouri beacme the 24th state

    Originally part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Missouri was admitted as a state on 10.08.1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. It earned the nickname "Gateway to the West" because it served as a departure point for settlers heading to the west. It was the starting point and the return destination of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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    Unhappy 10.08.1628 - Swedish warship "Vasa" sinked on maiden voyage

    Vasa (or Wasa[2]) is a 64-gun warship, built for Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden 1626-1628. She foundered after sailing only a mile into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. After years of searching and preparation from 1956, Vasa was salvaged with a largely intact hull on 24 April 1961. She was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet ("The Wasa Shipyard") until 1987, and was then moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The ship is one Sweden's most popular tourist attractions and has so far attracted over 25 million visitors.

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    Default 11.08.1919: Weimar Republik constitution becomes affective

    After WW I and the resign of the german Emperor Wilhelm II and he went to exile in the Netherlands, the new Weimar Republic or Deutsches Reich was established.

    The republic was named after the german city of Weimar where a national assembly convened to predict a new constitution.

    The first President was Friedrich Ebert until 1925 followed by Paul van Hindenburg until 1933 when Hitler took over and ended the Weimar Republik and the Third Reich began.

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    Default 10 - 08 1934 Alcatraz recieves first civiclian federal prisoners

    1934 Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received its first federal prisoners.
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    Default 10 - 08 - 1966 Chevy Camero is introduced

    1966 Chevy Camero is introduced Selling price $2633.00 USD
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    Lightbulb 12.08.1981: IBM presents the first PC

    In July of 1980, IBM representatives met for the first time with Microsoft's Bill Gates to talk about writing an operating system for IBM's new hush-hush "personal" computer. IBM had been observing the growing personal computer market for some time. They had already made one dismal attempt to crack the market with their IBM 5100. At one point, IBM considered buying the fledgling game company Atari to commandeer Atari's early line of personal computers. However, IBM decided to stick with making their own personal computer line and developed a brand new operating system to go with. The secret plans were referred to as "Project Chess". The code name for the new computer was "Acorn". Twelve engineers, led by William C. Lowe, assembled in Boca Raton, Florida, to design and build the "Acorn". On August 12, 1981, IBM released their new computer, re-named the IBM PC. The "PC" stood for "personal computer" making IBM responsible for popularizing the term "PC".

    The first IBM PC ran on a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 microprocessor. The PC came equipped with 16 kilobytes of memory, expandable to 256k. The PC came with one or two 160k floppy disk drives and an optional color monitor. The price tag started at $1,565, which would be nearly $4,000 today. What really made the IBM PC different from previous IBM computers was that it was the first one built from off the shelf parts (called open architecture) and marketed by outside distributors (Sears & Roebucks and Computerland). The Intel chip was chosen because IBM had already obtained the rights to manufacture the Intel chips. IBM had used the Intel 8086 for use in its Displaywriter Intelligent Typewriter in exchange for giving Intel the rights to IBM's bubble memory technology.

    Less than four months after IBM introduced the PC, Time Magazine named the computer "man of the year"

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    Post 13.8.1961: Start of construction of the Berlin wall

    On June 15, 1961, two months before the construction of the Berlin Wall started, Walter Ulbricht stated in an international press conference, "Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten!" (No one has the intention to set up a wall). It was the first time the colloquial term Mauer (wall) had been used in this context.

    The night of August 12, 1961, the leaders of East Germany attended a garden party at Döllnsee, formerly the hunting grounds of Hermann Göring. Construction of 45 km (28 miles) around the three western sectors began early on Sunday, August 13, 1961 in East Berlin. The zonal boundary had been sealed that morning by East German troops. The barrier was built by East German troops and workers, not directly involving the Soviets. It was built slightly inside East German territory to ensure that it did not encroach on West Berlin at any point; if one stood next to the West Berlin side of the barrier (and later the Wall), one was actually standing on East Berlin soil. Some streets running alongside the barrier were torn up to make them impassable to most vehicles, and a barbed-wire fence was erected, which was later built up into the full-scale Wall. It physically divided the city and completely surrounded West Berlin. During the construction of the Wall, NVA and KdA soldiers stood in front of it with orders to shoot anyone who attempted to defect. Additionally, the whole length of the border between East and West Germany was closed with chain fences, walls, minefields, and other installations (see GDR border system).

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    Post 14.8.2003: Blackout hits Norteast USA and parts of Canada

    The Northeast Blackout of 2003 was a massive power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, and Ontario, Canada on Thursday, August 14, 2003. Although not affecting as many people as the later 2003 Italy blackout, it was the largest blackout in North American history. It affected an estimated 10 million people in the province of Ontario (about one-third of the population of Canada), and 40 million people in eight U.S. states (about one-seventh of the population of the U.S.). Outage-related financial losses were estimated at $6 billion USD ($6.8 billion CDN).

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