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August 02
Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

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Peter O'Toole

Irish actor

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Persian Gulf War: U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat

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1990

Kuwait invaded

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Ahmed H. Zewail
2016: Chemist Ahmed H. Zewail, who in 1999 became the first Egyptian and the first Arab to win a Nobel Prize in a science category (chemistry), died at age 70. [Take our quiz about the Nobel Prize.]
William S. Burroughs
1997: American writer William S. Burroughs—whose sexual explicitness and the frankness with which he dealt with his experiences as a drug addict won him a following among writers of the Beat movement—died at age 83. [Test your knowledge of American writers.]
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1992: At the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, considered by many to be the greatest female athlete ever, won the heptathlon, becoming the first person to win the event in consecutive Games. [Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about the Olympics.]
James Baldwin
1924: American essayist, novelist, and playwright James Baldwin, who wrote with eloquence and passion on the subject of racism in the United States, was born. [Test your knowledge of African American writers.]

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