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On August the 9th
American actor, Gregory Hines, died of liver cancer at the age of 57 in Los Angeles, California.
Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, died of lung cancer in Moscow.
Members of the cult led by Charles Manson murdered five people in the Beverly Hills home of the film director Roman Polanski .
Australian actor, Eric Bana, was born in Melbourne. He is most known for his roles in the hit movies, Troy and Black Hawk Down.
American actress, Gillian Anderson, was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully in the American TV series The X-Files.
American singer, Whitney Houston, was born in East Orange, New Jersey. Though her career took a substantial downturn, presumably due to the abuse of drugs, in the 2000's, she is still one of pop music's highest selling artists.
American actress, Melanie Griffith, was born in New York city.
The second atomic bomb ever used on a city was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, Japan.
Italian politician and one time President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Construction of the Sistine Chapel was completed.
Pope Damasus II died in Rome, only 23 days after his installation as Pope.
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