August 16, 1977

The king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley, dies at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

August 19, 1909

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500, holds its first race.

August 21, 1911

The “Mona Lisa” is stolen from the Louvre Museum by museum employee Vincenzo Perugia and con artist Eduardo de Valfierno.


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