Archive for August 15th, 2011

THE NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY IN 1960

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"It’s Now or Never" spent five weeks at the number one spot.

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FATAL PLANE CRASH ON THIS DAY IN 1935

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Humorist Will Rogers, left, and famed aviator Wiley Post, at the Renton
airport before their fatal
Alaska trip.    

 

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The crash site

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ETHEL BARRYMORE

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                           (August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959)

Ethel Barrymore was a member of the famous Barrymore family of actors. She
was the sister of actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore, and the great-
aunt of actress Drew Barrymore. Ethel Barrymore was a highly regarded stage
actress in New York City and a major Broadway performer. Many today consider
her to be the greatest actress of her generation.

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NAPOLEON BONAPARTE ~

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                       (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821)

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader during the latter
stages of the French Revolution. He was Emperor of France from 1804 to 1815.

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VJ-DAY ON THIS DATE IN 1945

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The famous kiss in New York’s Times Square celebrating the surrender of Japan.

On Friday, 15 August 1945 Japan surrendered and the surrender documents were
finally signed during a formal ceremony aboard the deck of the American battleship
U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay (below) on the morning of 2 September 1945, officially ending the war.

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Gen. MacArthur (at microphone) looks on as Japanese Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signs the surrender document.

 

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Gen. MacArthur signing the terms of surrender 

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