Aug 19, Mary Queen of Scots arrived in Leith, Scotland, to assume the throne after spending 13 years in France.

Aug 19, Five women were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people were executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned.

Aug 19, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the second woman to be launched into space.

Aug 19, Mo Mowlam (55), British politician, died after hitting her head in a fall in Canter-bury, England. Her no-nonsense negotiating as Northern Ireland secretary helped forge the province’s landmark peace accord.

Aug 19, An Australian Muslim woman, who sought permission to keep her face and head covered while she gives evidence at an upcoming trial, was told by a judge she would have to remove her veil. She is a prosecution witness in a case against the director of a company that ran a Muslim women’s college in Perth. The director, Anwar Sayed, is accused of inflating the number of students at the school in 2006 and 2007 to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal grants.

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