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August 15th, 1945, was proclaimed "V-J
Day" by the Allies, a day after Japan agreed
to surrender unconditionally.
On this date:
In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the
island of Corsica.
In 1935, humorist
Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed
when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow,
In 1939, the MGM
musical "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy
Garland, premiered at the Grauman's Chinese
Theater in Hollywood.
In 1944, during
World War Two, Allied forces landed in southern
In 1947, India
became independent after some 200 years of
In 1948, the
Republic of Korea was proclaimed.
In 1969, the
Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate
In 1971, President
Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices
In 1994, Ilich
Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist known as
"Carlos the Jackal," was jailed in
France after being captured in Sudan.
In 1998, 29 people
were killed by a car bomb in Omagh, Northern
Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real
I-R-A claimed responsibility.
Ten years ago: In
an attempt to gain support against the US-led
coalition in the Persian Gulf, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein offered to make peace with
longtime enemy Iran.
Five years ago:
The Justice Department agreed to pay 3.1 million
dollars to white separatist Randy Weaver and his
family to settle their claims over the killing of
Weaver's wife and son during a 1992 siege by
federal agents at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Pioneering
TV journalist and Timex watch pitchman John
Cameron Swayze died in Sarasota, Florida, at age
One year ago:
President Clinton and his family went
house-hunting in Westchester County, New York.
(They later settled on a house in Chappaqua.)
Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming
the youngest player to win two majors since Seve
"We must not read
either law or history backwards."
Helen M. Cam, English historian and educator