Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2013. There are 138 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
On this date:
In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
In 1812, the Battle of Fort Dearborn took place as Potawatomi warriors attacked a U.S. military garrison of about 100 people. (Most of the garrison was killed, while the remainder were taken prisoner.)
In 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic.
In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory.
In 1945, in a radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.
In 1961, as workers began constructing a Berlin Wall made of concrete, East German soldier Conrad Schumann leapt to freedom over a tangle of barbed wire.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.
In 1974, a gunman attempted to shoot South Korean President Park Chung-hee during a speech; although Park was unhurt, his wife was struck and killed, along with a teenage girl. (The gunman was later executed.)
In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility.
Ten years ago: Bouncing back from the largest blackout in U.S. history, cities from the Midwest to Manhattan restored power to millions of people.
Five years ago: Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal with his sixth world record, in the 200-meter individual medley at the Summer Olympics.
One year ago: Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners’ first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory; it was the third perfect game and sixth no-hitter of the season.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Rose Marie is 90. Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan is 78. Britain’s Princess Anne is 63. Actor Larry Mathews is 58. Actress Debra Messing is 45. Actress Nicole Paggi is 36. Figure skater Jennifer Kirk is 29.
Thought for Today: "To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment." -- George Edward Woodberry, American poet, critic and educator (1855-1930).