Monday 15 August 1994
Deaths: Macbeth, King of Scotland, killed in battle 1057; Pope Pius II, 1464; Lilian Adelaide Neilson (Elizabeth Ann Brown), actress, 1880; Joseph Joachim, violinist, 1907; Paul Signac, painter, 1935; William Penn ('Will') Rogers, humorist, killed in an air crash 1935; Rene-Francois Ghislain Magritte, Surrealist painter, 1967.
On this day: nearly 500 French ships were destroyed by the Duke of Bedford at Harfleur, 1416; Montrose's army overwhelmed the Covenanters at the Battle of Kilsyth, 1645; the Prussians under Frederick the Great defeated the Austrians under Baron von Laudon at the Battle of Liegnitz, 1760; the Panama Canal was officially opened, 1914; India became independent, 1947; Pakistan, having separated from India, became independent, 1947; the republic of (South) Korea was proclaimed, 1948; the French Congo became independent, 1960; Bahrain became independent, 1971; in Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was deposed and later killed in a military coup, 1975.
Today is the anniversary of VJ Day, 1945, and the Feast Day of The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, St Arnulph of Soissons and St Tarsicius.
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