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On August the 11th
NATO took over the command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. It was the first major operation undertaken by the organization outside the European theater in its 54-year-history.
British actor, Peter Cushing, died at the age 80. He became famous worldwide after his continuous participation in the British made horror films of the late 1950's, 1960's and 1970's which earned worldwide success. He was a very close friend, of his oftentimes co-star, Christopher Lee.
American economist, Alan Greenspan, became Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve. He served in that position for an amazing 19 years.
Chad declared its independence. It had previously been an autonomous member of the French Community.
American artist, Jackson Pollock, died at the age of 44. He died in an automobile accident in East Hampton, NY, at age 44.
American wrestler, Hulk Hogan, was born in Augusta, Georgia. He became famous as one of the most popular professional wrestlers in America, who later became an actor and entertainer.
Hussein was proclaimed king of Jordan. He ascended to the throne after the abdication of his father, King Talal, due to the fact that he suffered from schizophrenia.
American computer engineer, Steve Wozniak, was born in San Jose, California. He was the co-founder of the Apple Computer Corporation.
Pakistani general, Pervez Musharraf, was born in Delhi, India. After the partition of India, his parents migrated to Pakistan. He assumed leadership of Pakistan on October 12, 1999 after a coup d'etat.
The infamous federal prison at Alcatraz Island opened. It is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, United States. It had previously been a lighthouse, a military fortification and served as a prison until 1963.
Scottish-born industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, died at the age of 83. He was the founder of the Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel.
Battle of Amiens ended with a decisive allied victory. It is considered as one of the most important battles of the First World War.
British author, Enid Blyton, was born in London. She was a children's books author who became one of the most popular writers in history. Her books have been translated to more than 100 languages.
Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, was born in Florence. She was the last of the Medicis, which was the most powerful Florentine family from the 13th to 17th century.
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