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Today’s GK Facts in the History : August 15

Today’s GK Facts in the History

Today’s GK Facts in History for UPSC/IAS Exams

The GK Facts section of Miliposts aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day comfortably.

August 15

2007
More than 500 people were killed, and more than 1,000 were injured in an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Peru.

2001
Astronomers Announce the First Solar System Discovered Outside Us; Two planets were found orbiting a star in Ursa Major.

1994
Notorious terrorist Carlos de Jackal was captured in Khartoum, Sudan.

The US Social Security Administration, formerly part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has become an independent government agency.

1986
Ignoring objections from President Ronald Reagan’s administration, the United States Senate approved economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country’s apartheid policies.

1971
US President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day wage and price freeze to contain rapid inflation.

1969
Over 400,000 youth attend a rock music weekend in Woodstock, New York.

1965
Rob Thomas, television writer (Veronica Mars, 90210).

1964
Melinda French Gates, businesswoman, philanthropist, Co-Founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft).

1961
Ed Gillespie, American Republican political strategist and White House counsel to President George W. Bush.

1950
North Korean forces badly cripple two US divisions in the Battle of Bowling Alley in South Korea, which continues for five more days.

1947
Britain granted independence to India and Pakistan.

1946
Jimmy Webb, songwriter (“MacArthur Park,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”).

1945
Ends the rationing of gasoline and fuel oil in the United States.

1944
In Operation Dragoon, American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France between Toulon and Cannes.

1942
The Japanese submarine I-25 leaves Japan with a seaplane to be assembled upon arrival on the west coast of the United States and used to bomb American forests.

1938
United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Maxine Waters, Congresswoman from California, the second African-American woman elected to Congress.

1935
American comedian and “cowboy philosopher” Will Rogers is killed in a plane crash with American aviation pioneer Willie Post.

1924
Robert Bolt, English playwright and screenwriter, best known for A Man for All Seasons.

1914
The Panama Canal opens to traffic.

1912
Julia Child, American chef and television personality.

1888
TE Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia for his military exploits against the Turks in World War I.

1872
The first ballot vote takes place in England.

1864
Confederate raider Tallahassee captured six Confederate ships off New England.

1771
Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish novelist who wrote Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.

1769
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France (1804–1815) and military leader.

1760
At the Battle of Lignitz, Frederick II defeated the Austrians.

1598
Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish army to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford.

1385
Juan de Portugal defeated Juan de Castilla at the Battle of Aljubarrota.

1261
Constantinople comes to Michael VIII of Nicaea and his army.

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