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 This day in History - August 1
507 Historic Events for August 1
1960

Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France

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1960

Marta Ch varri Figueroa, Madrid Spain, The Marquesa de Cubas

Birth
1960

Chuck D, [Chuck Ridenhour], US rapper (Public Enemy)

Birth
1960

Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"

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1961

Bradford John Faxon Jr, Oceanport NJ, PGA golfer (1986 Provident)

Birth
1961

Andrew Nicholson, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)

Birth
1961

Bart Conner, US, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)

Birth
1961

Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax)

Birth
1961

Mark "Red" Mitchell, actor (JFK, 8 Sceonds, I Want to Live)

Birth
1961

Mike Watkinson, cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995)

Birth
1961

Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League

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1961

Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford

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1961

German DR limits traffic to West Berlin

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1961

New SF Hall of Justice opens

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1962

Traci Phillips, Honolulu Hawaii, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)

Birth
1962

Joetta Clark, East Orange NJ, 800m runner (Olympic-1992)

Birth
1962

Gertjan Verbeek, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)

Birth
1962

Failed assassination on president Nkrumah of Ghana

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1962

Boston Red Sox Bill Monboquette no-hits Chic White Sox, 1-0

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1962

Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

Death
1963

Germany FR annexes Elten village

Event
1963

WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

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1963

Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale

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1963

Koichi Wakata, Omiya Saitama Japan, astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92)

Birth
1963

Coolio, rapper (Gangsta Paradise)

Birth