This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1935, Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in a plane crash en route to Barrow from Fairbanks.

• In 1943, Kiska Island in the Aleutians was retaken by American forces after the Japanese fled.

• In 1959, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management warned squatters that they faced eviction and prosecution if they failed to relinquish their claims on federal land that was to be transferred to Alaska as part of statehood.

• In 1967, the Chena River flooded Fairbanks.

In the nation

• In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

• In 1971, President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.

• In 1999, President Clinton and his family went house-hunting in Westchester County, N.Y. (They later settled on a house in Chappaqua.)

• In 2003, bouncing back from the largest blackout in U.S. history, cities from the Midwest to Manhattan restored power to millions of people - only to confront a second series of woes created in the aftermath of the enormous outage.

In the world

• In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.

• In 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic.

• In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces landed in southern France.

• In 1945, was proclaimed V-J Day by the Allies, a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

• In 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

• In 1948, the Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

• In 1974, South Korean President Park Chung-hee escaped an assassination attempt in which his wife was killed.

• In 1994, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist better known as "Carlos the Jackal," was jailed in France after being captured in Sudan.

• In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility.

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