8th August

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2001 Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are divorced The divorce of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman becomes final.
1991 John McCarthy kidnapped Islamic Jihad terrorists release John McCarthy, 5 years and 3 months after he had been kidnapped in Beirut.
1988 Prince Andrew becomes a father The Duke and Duchess of York announce the birth of their first child.
1974 Richard Nixon announces his resignation President Richard Nixon announces he will resign following the revelations of Watergate.
1963 Great Train Robbery A gang of 15 thieves ambush the Glasgow to Euston mail train and steal £2.7 million
1945 Russia declares war on Japan During World War 2, the Soviet Union declares war on Japan
1940 The start of the Battle of Britain The Battle of Britain officially starts as Germany prepares to invade Britain.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled Napoleon Bonaparte is sent into exile on St Helena.
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