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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
August 11
Pervez Musharraf

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY

Pervez Musharraf

president of Pakistan

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Jackson Pollock

FEATURED EVENT

1956

Jackson Pollock killed in automobile accident

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