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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Aug 23, 1305: Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, was executed in London.

Aug 23, 1927: Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery, despite worldwide protests.

Aug 23, 1914: Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.

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Aug 22, 2004: A version of Edvard Munch's painting The Scream was stolen in Norway. Another version had been stolen in 1994.

Aug 22, 1642: The English Civil War began between supporters of King Charles I (Royalists or Cavaliers) and those of Oliver Cromwell (Roundheads).

Aug 22, 1910: Korea was annexed by Japan after five years as a protectorate.

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Aug 21, 1911: The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum in France by an Italian waiter, Vicenzo Perruggia.

Aug 21, 1959: Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States.

Aug 21, 1991: Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

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Aug 20, 1998: U.S. cruise missiles hit suspected terrorist bases in Afghanistan and the Sudan.

Aug 20, 1980: Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest and without oxygen.

Aug 20, 1968: The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia.

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Aug 19, 1812: The U.S. frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, defeated the British ship Guerriere during the War of 1812.

Aug 19, 1977: Comedian Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles at age 86.

Aug 19, 1934: Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler Fuhrer.

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Aug 18, 1587: Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents born in North America.

Aug 18, 1958: Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was published.

Aug 18, 1227: Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China.

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Aug 17, 1945: Indonesian nationalists proclaimed independence from the Netherlands.

Aug 17, 1969: Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people.

Aug 17, 1807: Robert Fulton's steamboat, the Clermont, began its trip up the Hudson River to Albany.

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Aug 17, 1960: Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, became an independent republic.

Aug 17, 1962: Algeria was admitted to the Arab League.


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