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Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 19 August

Graham Obree powered to a world record on his home-made bicycle as he won the 4,000m world pursuit title in 1994


1272: Coronation of Edward I took place.

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1561: Mary, Queen of Scots, landed at Leith from France after an absence of 13 years.

1685: Judge Jeffreys sentenced hundreds to death at what became known as the Bloody Assize.

1745: After travelling from France, Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his father’s standard at Glenfinnan to start the 45 Rising.

1855: The first international voluntary organisation, the YMCA World Alliance, formed in Paris.

1897: The London Electric Cab Co began operating the first taxi-cab service in London’s West End and City. The black and yellow electric cars went at 9mph and cost 25 shillings for a whole day, including driver.

1934: Plebiscite in Germany gave sole power to Adolf Hitler.

1936: British government banned export of arms to Spain.

1940: British forces were driven out of Somaliland.

1942: In Operation Jubilee, about 6,000 troops, mainly Canadian, supported by British Commandos and American Rangers, raided the French port of Dieppe in Normandy. About 1,000 were killed and 2,000 captured.

1953: England, under captain Len Hutton, won the Ashes for the first time since the controversial bodyline tour of 1932-3.

1987: Michael Ryan shot dead 16 people in the Berkshire town of Hungerford, and then shot himself.

1991: Soviet hardliners toppled president Mikhail Gorbachev in a sudden and dramatic coup.

1994: Graeme Obree, from Irvine, riding a home-made bike, broke the world record and became world pursuit champion over 4,000 metres in Hamar, Norway.

1999: In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rallied to demand the resignation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia president Slobodan Milosevic.

2002: A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops was hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.

2003: A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq killed the agency’s top envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 other employees.

2008: Edinburgh cyclist Chris Hoy became the first Briton in a century to win three gold medals at the same Olympic Games. He won the sprint to add to his golds from the keirin and team sprint.


Ginger Baker, rock drummer (Cream), 74; Gordon Brand, jnr, golfer, 55; Bill Clinton, 42nd United States president (1993-2001), 67; Jonathan Coe, writer, 52; Darius Danesh, Scottish singer-songwriter and actor, 33;John Deacon, rock guitarist (Queen) and songwriter, 62; Kevin Dillon, actor, 48; Ian Gillan, rock singer (Deep Purple), 68; Richard Ingrams, editor of Private Eye 1963-86, 76; Billy J Kramer, Merseybeat rock singer (The Dakotas), 70; Christy O’Connor, jnr, Irish golfer, 65; Matthew Perry, actor, 44; Jill St John, actress, 73; Baroness Scotland of Asthal, shadow Attorney General for England and Wales 2010-11, 58; Tammin Sursok, actress and singer, 30.


Births: 1560 James Crichton, Dumfriesshire-born athlete, scholar, poet and linguist (the “Admirable Crichton”); 1631 John Dryden, poet; 1808 James Nasmyth, Edinburgh-born inventor of steam hammer.

Deaths: 1662 Blaise Pascal, mathematician who invented first digital calculator; 1819 James Watt, steam engine pioneer; 2002 6th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, artist and critic; 2012 Tony Scott, film director.