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.
On the 17th August 1982, the very first commercial compact disc was produced in the German town of Langenhagen.
Beginning at midnight on the 13th August 1961, East German police and army began to close the border with West Berlin.
On the 12th August 1865 Joseph Lister carried out the world’s first antiseptic surgery using the chemical phenol, otherwise known as carbolic acid.
The Weimar Republic was officially established on 11th August 1919, when Friedrich Ebert signed the new constitution into law.
On the 10th August 1792, French revolutionary troops stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
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.
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.
On 4 August 221 Lady Zhen, the wife of Cao Pi of Wei of the Three Kingdoms, died.
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.
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.
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The English writer Daniel Defoe was put in the pillory for seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet.
The city of Baghdad was founded by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mansur.