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18th August

1227 Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China.

1587 Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents born in North America.

1743 The first rules of boxing were drawn up by Jack Broughton, in Britain this day.

1917 * Caspar Weinberger, US politician who served under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

1922 * Shelley Winters, US actress who won an Oscar for The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

1937 * Robert Redford, US actor who starred in the film The Sting (1973).

1937 * William Rushton, English actor and cartoonist.

1939 The film The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland had its premiere in New York.

1958 Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was published.

1960 The first oral contraceptive went on sale in the US.

1964 South Africa was banned from participating in the 1964 Olympics due to racial policies.

1969 Three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll came to a peaceful end as the Woodstock music festival wound down.

1971 The British Army was accused of shooting dead Eamon McDevitt, 24, an unarmed, disabled man during disturbances in Northern Ireland.

1989 Manchester United Football Club was sold to Michael Knighton for 20m in the biggest takeover deal in the history of British football.

1992 Conditions in two Serbian detention camps were condemned as "hell on earth" by Dr Bernard Kouchner, the French minister for humanitarian affairs.

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