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August 15 in History

Update: August, 15/2012 - 09:05

 

1769

Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and emperor, is born in Ajaccio, Corsica. After his defeat in 1815 by Wellington at Waterloo, he was banished to St Helena where he died in 1821.

1771

Birth of Walter Scott, Scottish author. Wrote many historical romances including Guy Mannering, Old Mortality and Heart of Midlothian.

1834

The South Australia Act is passed by Britain's Parliament, allowing for the establishment of a colony there.

1914

The Panama Canal opens with the passage of the vessel Ancon, although it was not formally inaugurated until July 1920.

1927

The Vietnamese language newspaper Tieng Dan (Voices of the People) edited by Huynh Thuc Khang makes its debut in Central Viet Nam. In 16 years of operation, the newspaper was a forum for patriotic intellectuals in central Viet Nam to voice their sentiments against the French rule.

1945

The people of Viet Nam begin a two-week general uprising to wrestle back power from the Japanese imperialists.

Korea is liberated from 35 years of colonial rule with Japan's defeat in World War II. The peninsula is divided into two.

1947

The Indian Independence Act takes effect, setting up the two independent states of India and Pakistan.

1948

The Republic of Korea is formally extablished with Syngman Rhee as first president.

1995

Fifty years after World War II ended in the Pacific, Japan makes its first clear-cut apology for the country's wartime actions. — AP/REUTERS

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