8th July

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1996 Teacher Lisa Potts injured protecting children Wolverhampton school teacher, Lisa Potts, is badly injured while protecting the children from a man wielding a machete.
1965 Great Train Robbery Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs escapes from Wandsworth prison by scaling a 30 foot high wall with three other prisoners.
1889 John L Sullivan wins bare-knuckle Boxing title In the last bare-knuckle boxing contest, John L Sullivan defeats Jake Kilrain to take the Heavyweight title in a contest lasting 75 rounds.
1838 Graf von Zeppelin is born Designer of the Zeppelin airships, Graf von Zeppelin, is born.
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