Today in History, English
Today in History, English

92341August 15Event1944 – World War II: Operation Dragoon: Allied forces land in southern France.
92342August 15Event1945 – Effective surrender of Japan in World War II.
92343August 15Event1947 – India gains Independence from British rule after near 190 years of Crown rule and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
92344August 15Event1947 – Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor-General of Pakistan in Karachi.
92345August 15Event1948 – The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.
92346August 15Event1952 – A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England, killing 34 people.
92347August 15Event1954 – Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
92348August 15Event1960 – Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
92349August 15Event1961 – Border guard Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
92350August 15Event1962 – James Joseph Dresnok defects to North Korea after running across the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Dresnok still resides in the capital, Pyongyang.
92351August 15Event1963 – Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
92352August 15Event1963 – President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of the Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
92353August 15Event1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.
92354August 15Event1969 – the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
92355August 15Event1970 – Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.
92356August 15Event1971 – President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
92357August 15Event1971 – Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
92358August 15Event1973 – Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.
92359August 15Event1974 – Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President, Park Chung-hee.
92360August 15Event1975 – Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
92361August 15Event1975 – Takeo Miki makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.
92362August 15Event1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.
92363August 15Event1984 – The Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military with an attack on police and gendarmerie bases in Şemdinli and Eruh
92364August 15Event1995 – In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
92365August 15Event1998 – Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles.
92366August 15Event1999 – Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria: Some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.
92367August 15Event2005 – Israel's unilateral disengagement plan to evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the northern West Bank begins.
92368August 15Event2005 – The Helsinki Agreement between the Free Aceh Movement and the Government of Indonesia was signed, ending 28 years of fighting.
92369August 15Event2007 – An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
92370August 15Event2013 – At least 27 people are killed and 226 injured in an explosion in southern Beirut near a complex used by Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. A previously unknown Syrian Sunni group claims responsibility in an online video.

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