19th August

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2003 UN Envoy killed in Bomb blast A massive bomb wrecks the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 19 including the chief envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
1991 Soviet hardliners attempt coup Soviet hardliners attempt to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev, by putting troops and tanks on the streets and declaring a state of emergency.
1987 Lone gunman kills 14 A lone gunman, Michael Ryan, kills 14 and wounds a further 15 before killing himself in the Wiltshire town of Hungerford
1960 Cold War A Russian tribunal finds Captain Francis Gary Powers guilty of espionage, he is sentenced to 10 years in prison.
1946 Bill Clinton is born Bill Clinton is born
1942 Allied raid on Dieppe British and Canadian troops launch a raid on the French port of Dieppe, more than half of the 6,000 force are killed or captured.
1883 Gabrielle Coco Chanel is born Gabrielle Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, is born.
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On This Day - 19th August