Wednesday, August 15, 2012

TODAY IN HISTORY

Rogers and Post before fatal flight
AUGUST 15

1935:Aviator Wiley Post and humorist Will Rogers are killed when their Lockheed Orion monoplane crashes shortly after takeoff from a lagoon in Point Barrow, Alaska.

1947: India and Pakistan become independent dominions within the British Commonwealth as the Indian Independence Bill goes into effect, ending over 200 years under the British Raj. At the stroke of midnight, Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the fledgling Indian nation as its first prime minister.

1969: Nearly 500,000 people arrive at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in upstate New York for the definitive cultural event of a generation — the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Thirty-two folk and rock music acts, including The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Arlo Guthrie and Creedence Clearwater Revival, would perform over the next three days at the counterculture festival.

 1960:The republic of Congo declares independence from France

 1939:Wizard of Oz premieres at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1519:Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Davila founds Panama City, Panama.

1945:Japan surrenders and this concludes the end of WW2 for America
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