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2nd August

1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was published.

1876 Wild Bill Hickok was murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota.

1894 Death duties were introduced in Great Britain.

1905 * Myrna Loy, US actress who starred in the film The Thin Man (1934).

1909 The first Lincoln penny (the first American coin to bear a president's image on its face) was issued.

1924 * James Baldwin, US author of the novel Another Country (1962).

1925 * Alan Whicker, English television presenter.

1932 * Peter O'Toole, Irish actor who starred in the film Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

1945 End of the Potsdam Conference, in which Allied leaders planned the post-war governance of Germany.

1965 Thousands of British holiday makers abandoned their tents as forest fires devastate the south of France.

1973 More than 30 people died in a fire which gutted the Summerland leisure resort on the Isle of Man.

1980 Right-wing terrorists exploded a bomb at the Bologna Railway Station, Italy, killing 84.

1984 A Surrey businessman who accused the police of illegally tapping his phone celebrated after a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

1990 More than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers backed up by 700 tanks invaded Kuwait causing an international crisis.

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