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Eight-foot statue of Wallace by Alexander Carrick near the entrance of Edinburgh Castle
Aftermath of the 1929 Hebron massacre
Albert Bridge in London at night
German tanks and soldiers in the Battle of Kursk
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition refimprove
Day of the National Flag refimprove section
1305 – After a show trial, , leader of the Scottish resistance against England during the William Wallace Wars of Scottish Independence, was executed in London's Smithfield Market.
1521 – After , forces led by Spanish an extended siege conquistador Hernán Cortés captured Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc and conquered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.
lots of CN tags
1572 – The , a wave of St. Bartholomew's Day massacre Catholic mob violence against the Huguenots, began, lasting for several months and resulting in an estimated tens of thousands deaths across France.
1784 – The western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina declared itself an independent state under the name of .
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1866 – Prussia defeated Austria in the , and dissolved the Austro-Prussian War German Confederation.
1873 – The , spanning the Albert Bridge River Thames in London, opened.
1948 – The , a worldwide Christian World Council of Churches ecumenical fellowship, was established.
1958 – The People's Liberation Army began an intense artillery bombardment of Quemoy, sparking the .
Second Taiwan Strait Crisis needs more footnotes, neutrality issues
1966 – NASA's took the first photograph of Lunar Orbiter 1 Earth from the distance of the Moon.
2007 – The skeletal remains of , and his sister Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia were found near Anastasia Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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1898 – The , the first British venture of the Southern Cross Expedition Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departed from London.
1914 – In their first major action of the First World War, the British Expeditionary Force German troops in engaged Mons, Belgium.
1921 – The Royal Navy's , the world's largest airship at the time, was destroyed by a structural failure while in flight over R-38 Hull, killing 44 of the 49 crew aboard.
1927 – After a controversial trial, and despite worldwide protests, Italian-born American anarchists were executed via electrocution in Sacco and Vanzetti Massachusetts for murder.
1933 – The made landfall in Chesapeake–Potomac hurricane Outer Banks, North Carolina and went on to cause at least 47 deaths in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.
1943 – Second World War: The decisive Soviet victory in the gave the Battle of Kursk Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.
1944 – King Michael the pro- dismissed Axis government of General , putting Romania on the side of Ion Antonescu the Allies for the remainder of World War II.
1970 – The United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez, began the , the largest Salad Bowl strike farmworker strike in U.S. history.
2010 – A former Philippine National Police officer in hijacked a tourist bus Manila and held its occupants hostage for nearly 11 hours before being killed by police.
2011 – A 5.8 M earthquake W the struck Piedmont region of Virginia, and was felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history. Born/died this day: (d. 1498) Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal · (b. 1901) John Sherman Cooper · (b. 1923) Marjorie Paxson · (b. 1946) Keith Moon · (d. 1960) Oscar Hammerstein II · (b. 1980) Rex Grossman · (b. 1988) Jeremy Lin
: August 23 (Hinduism, 2019); Krishna Janmashtami in Canada, parts of the European Union, Georgia, and the United States
Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism / Black Ribbon Day
Part of the human chain
forming the Baltic Way
(d. 406) Radagaisus · (b. 1724) Abraham Yates Jr. · (b. 1980)