Saturday, August 15, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, August 15, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
Aug. 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
Audio LinkMax Yasgur addresses the crowd at his farm
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On this date in:
1057Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
1769Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.
1935Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska. 
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1939"The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1944Allied forces landed in southern France during World War II.
1945The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1947India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.
1948The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed.
1960The Republic of the Congo became independent of French rule.
1971President Richard M. Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.
1998A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people and injured 370; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility.
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2000One hundred people from North Korea arrived in South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they had not seen for half a century; 100 South Koreans visited the North.
2001Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own - two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2006Israel began withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Ben Affleck turns 43 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Rose MarieActress ("The Dick Van Dyke Show")92
Phyllis SchlaflyConservative activist91
Mike ConnorsActor ("Mannix")90
Vernon JordanCivil rights activist80
Jim DaleActor, singer80
Pat PriestActress ("The Munsters")79
Stephen BreyerSupreme Court justice77
Linda EllerbeeAuthor, journalist71
Jimmy WebbSongwriter69
Princess AnneMember of the British royal family65
Tess HarperActress65
Larry MathewsActor ("The Dick Van Dyke Show")60
Zeljko IvanekActor58
Alejandro Gonzalez InarrituDirector ("Babel")52
Anthony AndersonActor45
Natasha HenstridgeActress41
Joe JonasRock singer (The Jonas Brothers)26
Actress Debra Messing ("Smash," "Will and Grace") turns 47 years old today.
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