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1057 Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son
of King Duncan.
1848 The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.
1911 The product Crisco was introduced by Procter &
1914 The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial
traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to
the Pacific Ocean. The first vessel to pass through the
canal was the American cargo and passenger ship SS Ancon.
1918 Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were
1935 Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in an
airplane crash near Point Barrow, AK.
1939 "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy
Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere
Over the Rainbow."
1943 Because of his special talent to use food scraps in
both unusual and appetizing recipes, the U.S. War
Department awarded Sgt. Edward Dzuba the Legion of Merit.
1944 The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern
1945 The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan
agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1947 India became independent from Britain and was
divided into the countries of India and Pakistan. India
had been under British about 200 years.
1948 The Republic of Korea was proclaimed.
1949 In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate
Bridge was performed for the first time.
1961 East German workers began construction of the Berlin
1971 U.S. President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on
wages, rents and prices.
1986 The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic
sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the
importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce
from South Africa.
1992 Vietnam blamed Hollywood for creating the "myth"
concerning the issue of U.S. servicemen still being held
prisoner in Indochina.
1997 The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute
FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby
Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an
2000 A group of 100 people from North Korea arrived in
South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they
had not seen for half a century. Also, a group of 100
South Koreans visited the North.
2001 Astronomers announced the discovery of the first
solar system outside our own. They had discovered two
planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2011 Google announced that it would acquire Motorola
Mobility for $12.5 billion.
2015 North Korea began using UTC+08:30 (official name
Pyongyang Time) as a rejection of Japanese imperialism.
, that's all for today.
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