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Events and Birthdays on 19 August

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Events on this day, 19 August

A massive bomb wrecks the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 17 people including the UN's chief envoy to Iraq.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is overthrown in a coup as Communist hardliners take over.

A man shoots 14 people dead in the Berkshire town of Hungerford.

Campaigners calling for the release of robber George Davis from prison vandalise the pitch at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds.

The United States pilot, Francis Gary Powers, is sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Soviet military court.

Allied troops, mainly Canadian, pull back after nine hours of heavy fighting on the French coast at Dieppe, northwest of Paris.

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