Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Today in History....August 15

On this day in …

* 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain

* 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic

* 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska

* 1944, during World War II, Allied forces landed in southern France in Operation Dragoon

* 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced to his subjects in a pre-recorded radio address that Japan had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II

* 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule

* 1948, the Republic of Korea was proclaimed

* 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents

* 1997, the Justice Department decided against prosecuting senior FBI officials in connection with an alleged cover-up that followed the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho

* 2002, President George W. Bush, using Mount Rushmore as a dramatic backdrop, pressed Congress to give him a flexible, fast-moving homeland security department. ALSO: Some 600 family members of 9-11 victims filed a trillion-dollar federal lawsuit against Saudi officials, banks and charities, charging they had financed Osama bin Laden's network and the attacks on New York and Washington

* 2006, Israel began withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon


At 4:20 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

2006, Israel began withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon..their first mistake!

At 2:27 AM, Anonymous historyman said...

Aug 15 1867
The Representation of the People Act doubles the number of British men able to vote. From BBC Hsitory not quite 'One Man One Vote' but getting there


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