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 On this day August 8-14, 2021 (week 32) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day August 8-14, 2021 (week 32)

August 8, 2021 - August 14, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features tennis star Roger Federer, Mahatma Gandhi of India, an explosion in thee port of Beirut, U.S. artist Jackson Pollock, the last quagga, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez and the Mainz Psalter

August 8, 1981: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was born. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, whose achievements include a record eight Wimbledon titles, turns 40 today

August 9, 1942: Mahatma Gandhi launched his Quit India campaign, demanding an end to British rule in India. He was immediately arrested and imprisoned

August 10, 2020: Lebanon’s government resigned amid mounting anger over the huge explosion that devastated the port area of Beirut and left over 200 people dead

August 11, 1956: U.S. artist Jackson Pollock, who led the Abstract Expressionist movement and introduced the technique of pouring paint on to canvas, died in a car accident

August 12, 1883: The last quagga, distinguished from other zebras by its pattern of brown and white stripes on the front of the body and plain brown rear, died at a zoo in Amsterdam

August 13, 1521: Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez captured the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, the present-day Mexico City, following a three month siege

August 14, 1457: The Mainz Psalter was published. It contained the psalms and was the second major book printed with movable metal type, after the Gutenberg Bible

PUBLISHED: 25/07/2021; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press