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15 Aug
1974
The wife of South Korean President Park Chung-Hee was shot dead by an assassin in an attempt on Park’s life. Park himself was assassinated in October 1979The wife of South Korean President Park Chung-Hee was shot dead by an assassin in an attempt on Park’s life. Park himself was assassinated in October 1979
44 years ago
15 Aug
1971
Bahrain gains independence from the United KingdonBahrain gains independence from the United Kingdon
47 years ago
15 Aug
1971
The United States broke from the gold standard, ending the convertibility of the U.S. dollar into gold by foreign investorsThe United States broke from the gold standard, ending the convertibility of the U.S. dollar into gold by foreign investors
47 years ago
15 Aug
1969
The legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair began on Max Yasgur’s farm at Bethel, in upstate New YorkThe legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Fair began on Max Yasgur’s farm at Bethel, in upstate New York
49 years ago
15 Aug
1967
Britain's Marine Broadcasting Act came into force, outlawing pirate radio stations broadcasting within British territorial watersBritain's Marine Broadcasting Act came into force, outlawing pirate radio stations broadcasting within British territorial waters
51 years ago
15 Aug
1965
Over 55,600 fans attended a Beatles concert at Shea Stadium, New York, setting new world records for attendance and revenue at a pop concertOver 55,600 fans attended a Beatles concert at Shea Stadium, New York, setting new world records for attendance and revenue at a pop concert
53 years ago
15 Aug
1960
The Republic of Congo was proclaimed an independent nation within the French CommunityThe Republic of Congo was proclaimed an independent nation within the French Community
58 years ago
15 Aug
1950
An earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale struck Assam, in northeast India, killing over 1,000An earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale struck Assam, in northeast India, killing over 1,000
68 years ago
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15 Aug
1950
Princess Anne, second child and only daughter of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, was born. The princess competed in Britain’s Olympic equestrian team in 1972 and has since won wide…Princess Anne, second child and only daughter of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, was born. The princess competed in Britain’s Olympic equestrian team in 1972 and has since won wide acclaim as a no-nonsense campaigner for international charities
68 years ago
15 Aug
1948
South Korea gained independence and was formally proclaimed as the Republic of Korea, with Syngman Rhee as its first presidentSouth Korea gained independence and was formally proclaimed as the Republic of Korea, with Syngman Rhee as its first president
70 years ago
15 Aug
1947
India gained independence from British rule one day after the country’s Muslim-majority areas were carved out into the separate nation-state of PakistanIndia gained independence from British rule one day after the country’s Muslim-majority areas were carved out into the separate nation-state of Pakistan
71 years ago
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15 Aug
1945
Millions worldwide celebrated VJ (Victory in Japan) Day, the day after Japan’s surrender was announced. Japan’s capitulation ended World War II, a global conflict in which…Millions worldwide celebrated VJ (Victory in Japan) Day, the day after Japan’s surrender was announced. Japan’s capitulation ended World War II, a global conflict in which between 50 million and 85 million people are estimated to have died
73 years ago
15 Aug
1944
U.S. Seventh Army began Operation Dragoon, a landing on the French Riviera to open up a second front after the Normandy landings of JuneU.S. Seventh Army began Operation Dragoon, a landing on the French Riviera to open up a second front after the Normandy landings of June
74 years ago
15 Aug
1939
The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in HollywoodThe Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
79 years ago
15 Aug
1935
American aviator Wiley Post was killed in a plane crash in Alaska along with his passenger, humorist Will RogersAmerican aviator Wiley Post was killed in a plane crash in Alaska along with his passenger, humorist Will Rogers
83 years ago
15 Aug
1930
Kenyan politician Tom Mboya, a leader in his country’s struggle for independence, was bornKenyan politician Tom Mboya, a leader in his country’s struggle for independence, was born
88 years ago
15 Aug
1925
Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, was born. He achieved international fame with his touring Jazz at the PhilharmonicOscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, was born. He achieved international fame with his touring Jazz at the Philharmonic
93 years ago
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15 Aug
1924
Robert Bolt, British playwright, screenwriter and director, born. Noted for his stage play 'A Man For All Seasons' and his scripts for the films 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Dr…Robert Bolt, British playwright, screenwriter and director, born. Noted for his stage play 'A Man For All Seasons' and his scripts for the films 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Dr Zhivago'
94 years ago
15 Aug
1918
The United States severed diplomatic relations with Russia in the wake of the Bolshevik takeoverThe United States severed diplomatic relations with Russia in the wake of the Bolshevik takeover
100 years ago
15 Aug
1917
Deposed Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were moved from their residence at Tsarskoe Selo to further imprisonment in SiberiaDeposed Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were moved from their residence at Tsarskoe Selo to further imprisonment in Siberia
101 years ago
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15 Aug
1917
Jack Lynch, Irish statesman and prime minister 1966-1973 and 1977-1979, born. Became the Irish Republic's fifth prime minister in 1966 as leader of the Fianna Fail (Soldiers of…Jack Lynch, Irish statesman and prime minister 1966-1973 and 1977-1979, born. Became the Irish Republic's fifth prime minister in 1966 as leader of the Fianna Fail (Soldiers of Destiny) party
101 years ago
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15 Aug
1914
The cargo ship SS Ancon became the first ship to sail through the Panama Canal. The 77km international waterway allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean,…The cargo ship SS Ancon became the first ship to sail through the Panama Canal. The 77km international waterway allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving around 12,875km (8,000 miles) from a journey around Cape Horn
104 years ago
15 Aug
1888
T.E. (Thomas Edward) Lawrence, British adventurer, writer, archaeologist and soldier, born. Known as 'Lawrence of Arabia' after leading the Arab revolt against the Turks 1917-18T.E. (Thomas Edward) Lawrence, British adventurer, writer, archaeologist and soldier, born. Known as 'Lawrence of Arabia' after leading the Arab revolt against the Turks 1917-18
130 years ago
15 Aug
1879
Ethel Barrymore, acknowledged First Lady of the American Theatre, born in Philadelphia as Ethel BlytheEthel Barrymore, acknowledged First Lady of the American Theatre, born in Philadelphia as Ethel Blythe
139 years ago
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