By Tara Rippin • 13 August 2020 • 14:16
1592 – First sighting
The first sighting of the Falkland Islands was made by John Davis.
1769 – Emperor
Napoleon Bonaparte is born in Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The French statesman was crowned emperor in 1804 in a controversial ceremony at Notre Dame.
1896 – Gold rush
Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack.
1903 – Top prize
Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University and begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America.
1926 – Fidel Castro
The former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro Ruz was born in the small town of Birán, in the province of Holguín (Cuba).
1945 – V-J Day
Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone).
1947 – Independent
Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain.
1961 – The people of Berlin woke up to find that overnight, the GDR military forces had erected a 1.8 m barbed wire barrier along the entire border of the communist sector of the city.
1969 – Operation Banner
British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner.
1977 – The ‘King’ Dies
Elvis Presley died of a heart attack aged just 42 at Graceland, his Memphis Tennessee residence.
1995 – Battle of Brit Pop
Rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day.
1998 – Omagh Bombing
The worst terrorist incident of the troubles in Northern Ireland, kills 29 people and injures about 220.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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