On this day:
1986: The Soviet Union launched the core module of the space station Mir.
1947: Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence
Born on this day:
1988: Rihanna: Barbadian/American singer-songwriter, actress
1951: Gordon Brown: Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Gone on this day:
1993: Ferruccio Lamborghini: Italian businessman, created Lamborghini brand of cars