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On this day: August 19

Published On: Aug 15 2013 01:30:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first auto race, The Beatles kick off their first American concert tour, Groucho Marx dies, Mike Tyson returns to the ring, and the last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq, all on this day.

OTD August 19 - August coup
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1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Ukraine, while hard-line members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to take over the government in a coup. The attempt collapsed after two days and Gorbachev returned to power, but the events destabilized the country and led to the demise of the party and the collapse of the Soviet Union later in the year. Seen here are tanks in Red Square during the coup attempt.

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