On This Day In History, 8 August

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World Events Today

  • The Great Train Robbery, the robbery of 2.6 million pounds from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London, occurred today in 1963
  • After a 5-year reconstruction, Central Park Zoo in New York reopened today in 1988
  • The British journalist John Patrick McCarthy, CBE, one of the hostages in the Lebanon hostage crisis, was released today in 1991 after being held for more than 5 years

Entertainment Events Today

  • The original version of the single Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, by Brian Hyland, hit Number 1 in the United States today in 1960
  • The 29th Summer Olympic Games opened today in 2008 in Beijing
  • The Indian Hindi-language action comedy movie Chennai Express, one of the highest grossing Bollywood movies ever, was released today in 2013

Family Events Today

  • The American actor Dustin Hoffman, who starred in many movies, including The Graduate and Rain Man, was born today in 1937 in Los Angeles
  • The German tank ace Michael Wittmann, who once destroyed a reported 30 Allied vehicles in less than 15 minutes, died in battle today in 1944
  • The British racing driver Nigel Mansell, CBE, who won both the Formula One World Championship and the Indy Car World Series, was born today in 1953 in Upton-upon-Severn

Main Event Today

  • Will Keith Kellogg and his younger brother accidentally invented cornflakes today in 1894

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Frozen Custard Day

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