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On This Day in History - 7th August

Birthdays

1876Mata Hari, Dutch born dancer & spy
1903Louis Leakey, British archaeologist
1924Kenneth Kendall, Former newsreader
1947Nick Ross, Broadcaster
1948Greg Chappell, Australian cricketer
1952Alexei Sayle, British comedian

Events

1711The first ever race meeting was held at Ascot
1840Parliament banned the employmemt of climbing boys as chimney sweeps
1858Ottawa was chosen as the capital of Canada by Queen Victoria
1926Britain held its first ever motor racing grand prix at Brooklands
1942American marines began their assault on Guadalcanal
1957Oliver Hardy, the American film comedian, died
1959The US launched Explorer 6 to take the first satellite photo of the Earth
1960The Ivory Coast became independent from France
1961Cosmonaut Titov circled the Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
1963The UN Security Council banned the sale of arms to South Africa