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22nd August 1485: Richard III killed at the Battle of Bosworth
22 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 22nd August 1485, King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth and the forces of Henry Tudor brought the Plantagenet dynasty to an end. Henry secured his reign soon afterwards by...

21st August 1911: The Mona Lisa stolen from the Louvre
21 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre on the 21st August 1911. Described by some as the greatest art theft of the 20th century, the museum itself didn’t even realise that the...

20th August 1968: Warsaw Pact troops invade to end the Prague Spring
20 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

At around 11pm on the 20th August 1968, troops from the USSR, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary entered Czechoslovakia in an invasion that brought the Prague Spring to an end. The invasion, known as Operation Danube,...

19th August 1991: August Coup places Gorbachev under house arrest
19 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

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...

18th August 1612: Trial of the Pendle Witches begins
18 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

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...

17th August 1982: First commercial CD produced in Germany
17 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

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...

16th August 1819: Protesters killed in the Peterloo Massacre
16 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

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...

15th August 1941: Last execution takes place at the Tower of London
15 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

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...

14th August 1980: Lech Wa??sa leads strike in Gda?sk shipyard
14 Aug 2017 @ 08:11 am

On the 14th August 1980, workers at the Lenin Shipyard in the Polish city of Gda?sk led by electrician Lech Wa??sa began a strike that led to the formation of the Solidarity labour movement. A...

13th August 1961: Construction begins on the Berlin Wall
13 Aug 2017 @ 03:05 am

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...