On This Day In History, 15 August

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World Events Today

  • The Panama Canal, the artificial waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean, officially opened today in 1914
  • India, officially known as the Republic of India, gained independence from the United Kingdom today in 1947
  • The Omagh bombing, a car bombing by the Real Irish Republican Army, the IRA, in Omagh, County Tyrone, occurred today in 1998, 29 people died and over 200 others were injured

Entertainment Events Today

  • The “All Blacks”, the New Zealand national rugby union team, played their first real international today in 1903, they beat Australia 22-3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia
  • The original Woodstock, a music festival held on a farm in Bethel, New York, started today in 1969, an estimated audience of more than 400,000 attended the event
  • The American epic war movie Apocalypse Now, directed, produced and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, was released in the United States today in 1979, it was nominated for 8 Academy Awards

Family Events Today

  • The French statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte was born today in 1769 in Corsica
  • The English actor, comedian and author, Sir Anthony Robinson, who played Baldrick in the BBC television series Blackadder, was born today in 1946 in London
  • Anne, Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born today in 1950 in London

Main Event Today

  • Victory over Japan Day, also known as V J Day, occurred today in 1945, it is the day Japan finally surrendered, it was the end of World War II

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Relaxation Day

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