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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Wednesday, 15 August 2018
 
  1769
Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1821), French military officer who rose to become the Emperor of France, was born in Corsica.

  1771
Sir Walter Scott (d. 1832), Scottish author of historical novels like Ivanhoe and Rob Roy, was born.

  1914
The Panama Canal across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, was inaugurated with the passage of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

  1945
North Korea and South Korea were established as two countries separated at the 38th parallel.

  1947
Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as first Governor General of Pakistan in Karachi.

  1947
India observed its first Independence day.

  1948
The Republican government of South Korea was established.

  1961
East Germany began building the Berlin Wall, the most tangible symbol of the Cold War, to stop the flow of refugees flooding into West Berlin.

  1969
The legendary Woodstock Music and Art Festival, an important event in the history of rock music began. Over the weekend, 32 acts including that of sitarist Ravi Shankar were performed outdoors in front of 500,000 fans.

  1971
Bahrain gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

  1972
A six-digit PIN code system of addressing letters for speedy sorting, transporting and delivery, came into effect.

  1975
Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most members of his family during a military coup.

  1989
F. W. de Klerk succeeded P. W. Botha as South African President after his resignation.

  2003
Libya formally accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie bombing) in which 270 people were killed.

  2004
18 people died in a bomb blast at a parade in Dhemaji, Assam during Independence Day celebrations.

  2007
India marked the 60th anniversary of its independence from British rule.

 

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