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