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1911: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. The thief was Italian waiter Vicenzo Perruggia who, posing as an official photographer, walked off with it under his arm. It was recovered in 1913 from where he had it, under a bed in a hotel.

hidden 1930: Princess Margaret Rose was born in Glamis Castle, Scotland - the place Shakespeare chose for the murder of Duncan in Macbeth. She was the first princess to be born in Scotland for 300 years.

1940: Leon Trotsky, exiled Bolshevik leader who found asylum in Mexico, died after being struck several blows on the head with an ice pick wielded by Ramon Mercader, an agent for Stalin.

ered 1959: Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA. 1962: Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered merchant ship, went on her maiden voyage. 1965: Keith Peacock became the first substitute to be called on in a Football League match.

1976: Mary Langdon, 25, joined East Sussex Fire Brigade to become Britain's first female firefighter. 1988: Amended British licensing laws allowing more flexible pub opening hours came into force at midnight. Pubs could now stay open 12 hours in the day, except on Sunday.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had enjoyed an Italian holiday with Hollywood actor George Clooney and his wife Amal.

AUGUST 21 BIRTHDAYS: Kenny Rogers, country singer, 81; Dina Carroll, singer, 51; Liam Howlett, musician, 48; Chantelle Houghton, model/television personality, 36; Usain Bolt, sprinter/Olympic champion, 33; Hayden Panettiere, actress, 30 (pictured above right); Judd Trump, snooker player, 30.


| Princess Margaret Rose watches as Princess Elizabeth makes her first broadcast on October 12, 1940 in London

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Aug 21, 2019
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