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AUGUST 18

Jon Kiebon was born.

Deirdre Taylor-Lang was born.

1227 – Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China.

1963 – James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

AUGUST  19

Whitney Aycock was born.

Courtney Carroll was born.

Jimmy Mullen was born.

1934 – Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler Fuhrer.

1960 – American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was convicted of espionage in Moscow.

AUGUST 20

Jamie Agoglia was born.

1980 – Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest and without oxygen.

2000 – Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year.

AUGUST 21

Mike Kehoe was born.

Janice Weinert was born.

1858 – The famous debates between Senator Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln began in Illinois.

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

AUGUST 22

1902 – Theodore Roosevelt became the first United States president to ride in an automobile.

2004 – A version of Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream was stolen in Norway. Another version had been stolen in 1994.

AUGUST 23

Brian Galarza was born.

1305 – Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, was executed in London.

1926 – Silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31.

AUGUST 24

Geoff Rawling was born.

Brian James McManus was born.

John Reinhardt was born.

Kerri McGuinness Ward was born.

79 a.d. – Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

1989 – Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling.

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