Today in history
Today is Sunday, August 15, the 227th day of 2021. There are 138 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On August 15, 1945, in a pre-recorded radio speech, Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted the terms of surrender to end World War II.
To this date :
In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in action by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had killed.
In 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened when the SS Ancon crossed the just completed waterway between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
In 1935, comedian Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their plane crashed near Point Barrow in Alaska Territory.
In 1939, the MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz” made its debut at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces landed in the south of France as part of Operation Dragoon.
In 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.
In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.
In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that ravaged the center of Omagh (OH’-mah), Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA has claimed responsibility.
In 2003, after the biggest blackout in U.S. history, Midwestern cities in Manhattan restored power to millions of people.
In 2015, Japanese Emperor Akihito expressed rare “deep remorse” for his country’s wartime actions in a speech marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, a day after the First Minister did not apologize to the victims of Japanese aggression. Civil rights leader Julian Bond, 75, has died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
In 2017, President Donald Trump, who came under heavy criticism for initially blaming the deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., From “many sides,” told reporters there was âvery good people on both sidesâ of the confrontation and that groups protesting against white supremacists were âalso very violentâ. (Between those statements, at the behest of helpers, Trump had offered a more direct condemnation of white supremacists.)
Ten Years Ago: Fighting back against an emboldened GOP, President Barack Obama launched a rare direct attack on the Republican presidential field, criticizing his potential 2012 rivals for their outright opposition to any deficit reduction compromise involving new taxes. His comments came during a town hall-style meeting in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Jim Thome (TOH’-mee) hit his 600th home run in one inning after hitting No. 599 to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 9-6. (Thome became the eighth major league player to reach 600.)
Five years ago: Republican Donald Trump called for “extreme” ideological control of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, promising in a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, to significantly overhaul the selection process of the country and block out those who sympathized with extremist groups or had not embraced American values. President Barack Obama in Chilmark, Massachusetts urged Democrats to campaign aggressively for the next 80 days to elect Hillary Clinton, saying “if we don’t do our job there is always a possibility that she will lose.” .
A year ago: President Donald Trump’s younger brother, businessman Robert Trump, died after being hospitalized in New York; he was 71 years old. Firefighters struggled to contain three wildfires near Los Angeles as forecasters warned the risk of more fires was high.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Jim Dale is 86 years old. Actor Pat Priest is 85 years old. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is 83 years old. U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Is 83 years old. Musician Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) is 79 years old. Author- Journalist Linda Ellerbee is 77 years old. Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 75 years old. Rock singer-musician Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers) is 73 years old. Actor Phyllis Smith is 72 years old. Princess Anne of Great Britain is 71 years old. Actor Tess Harper is 71 years old. Actor Larry Mathews is 66 years old. Actor Zeljko Ivanek (ZEHL’-koh eh-VON’-ehk) is 64 years old. Actor-comedian Rondell Sheridan is 63 years old. Rock singer-musician Matt Johnson (The The) is 60 years old. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (ihn-YAH’- ee-tu) is 58 years old. Philanthropist Melinda Gates is 57 years old. Country singer Angela Rae (Wild Horses) is 55 years old. Actor Peter Hermann is 54 years old. Actor Debra Messing is 53 years old. Actor Anthony Anderson is 51 years old. Actor Ben Affleck is 49 years old. Graham (Boyzone) is 49 years old. Actress Natasha Henstridge is 47 years old. Actress Nicole Paggi is 44 years old. Christian rock musician Tim Foreman (Switchfoot) is 43 years old. Actor Emil y Kinney is 37 years old. Figure skater Jennifer Kirk is 37 years old. Latin pop singer Belinda is 32 years old. Actor Courtney Hope is 32 years old. Rock singer Joe Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 32 years old. Actor-singer Carlos PenaVega is 32 years old. Actor Jennifer Lawrence is 31 years old. .