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8th August, 1918 by Will Longstaff
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|1786 – Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat completed the first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc in the Alps, an act considered to be the birth of modern mountaineering.||refimprove section|
|1870 – Liberal radicals in Ploiești, Romania, revolted against Romanian Domnitor Carol I, only to be arrested the next day.||no footnotes|
|1876 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph machine, a printing device that was one of the forerunners to the photocopier.||refimprove|
|1929 – German airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin embarked on a flight to circumnavigate the world.||refimprove section|
|1942 – Following a speech by Mohandas K. Gandhi, the All India Congress Committee passed the Quit India Resolution, calling for the immediate independence of India from the United Kingdom.||original research, neutrality issues|
|1946 – The prototype of the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, the first purpose-designed nuclear weapon delivery vehicle to be mass-produced, made its maiden flight.||refimprove section|
|1963 – In one of the largest robberies in British history, a gang of 15 train robbers stole £2.6 million in bank notes at Bridego Railway Bridge, Buckinghamshire, England.||refimprove section, outdated|
|1967 – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand founded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.||multiple issues|
|1991 – The Warsaw radio mast, the tallest structure ever built at 646.38 m (2,120.7 ft), collapsed due to an error in exchanging the guys on the highest stock of the mast.||no footnotes|
- 1918 – The Battle of Amiens began in Amiens, France, marking the start of the Allied Powers' Hundred Days Offensive through the German front lines that ultimately led to the end of World War I.
- 1969 – At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan took the photo that was used for the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road, one of the most famous album covers in recording history.
- 1988 – A series of marches, demonstrations, protests, and riots, which became known as the 8888 Uprising, began against the one-party state of the Burma Socialist Programme Party.
- 2008 – Eight people died and 64 more were injured when a EuroCity express train en route to Prague struck a part of a motorway bridge that had fallen onto the track near Studénka station in the Czech Republic and derailed.
- 2010 – A massive mudslide of 1.8 million cubic metres (2,400,000 cu yd) of mud and rocks in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China, killed 1,471 people.
- 1576 – The cornerstone of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's observatory Uraniborg (pictured) was laid on the island of Hven.
- 1956 – A major mining disaster killed 262 workers, mainly Italian nationals, at the Bois du Cazier coal mine in Belgium.
- 1963 – The Zimbabwe African National Union was formed when Ndabaningi Sithole, Robert Mugabe, and others decided to split from the Zimbabwe African People's Union.
- 1998 – The Iranian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan was raided by Taliban leading to the death of 10 Iranian diplomats and an Iranian journalist.
- 2009 – Nine people died when a tour helicopter and a small private airplane collided over the Hudson River near Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.