Today in History
August 15
1261Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.
1385John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
1598Hugh O'Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at Battle of Yellow Ford.
1760Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1864The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.
1872The first ballot voting in England is conducted.
1914The Panama Canal opens to traffic.
1935American comedian and "cowboy philosopher" Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
1942The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests.
1944American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.
1945Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States.
1947Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.
1950Two U.S. divisions are badly mauled by the North Korean Army at the Battle of the Bowling Alley in South Korea, which rages on for five more days.
1969Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York.

Born on August 15
1769Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France (1804-1815) and military leader.
1771Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist who wrote Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.
1888T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia for his military exploits against the Turks in World War I.
1912Julia Child, American chef and television personality.
1924Robert Bolt, English screenwriter and playwright best known for A Man for all Seasons.
1938Maxine Waters, congresswoman from California, second African-American woman to be elected to congress.

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