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On This Day in History - 15th August


1769Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor
1771Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist
1888T.E Lawrence, 'Lawrence of Arabia'; soldier & author
1924Robert Bolt, British dramatist
1935Jim Dale, Actor
1947Jenny Hanley, Actress
1950Princess Anne, The Queens daughter


1543The Jesuit order was founded in Paris
1901The Cadillac motor company was founded in Detroit, USA
1908Prussian women were given the right to attend university
1944Allied forces landed in the south of France; Marseilles was captured
1947India gained its independence from Britain
1948Korea proclaimed itself a republic
1965The US National Guard was called out to deal with race riots in Los Angeles
1969The Woodstock music festival, in New York state, took place
1975Mujibur Rahman, the leader of Bangladesh, was assassinated
1987The use of the cane in British state schools was banned