Today's Holidays for August 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary holy day of obligation, solemnity, commemorating Mary's entering Heaven, both body and soul.
Today's History Trivia for August 15
1977 Wow! Signal - Alien Life? SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) detects a radio signal originating from within the Sagittarius constellation. It so closely matched the type of signal they expected an intelligent life form to transmit, that one of the scientists wrote "Wow!" in the margin of the printout. Although Earth-bound sources have been ruled out, the exact source of the signal has never been determined.
1995 First Female Cadet to Attend the Citadel 19-year-old Shannon Faulkner becomes the 151-year-old military college's first female cadet. The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled the all-male admissions policy unconstitutional. She dropped out a week later.
1985 Michael Jackson pays $47.5 for the publishing rights to the Beatles song catalog.
1973 Vietnam War U.S. ceases bombing Cambodia.
1970 First woman to play professional football Pat Palinkas holds the ball for her place kicker husband, Steve, of the Orlando Panthers (Atlantic Coast football league).
1969 Woodstock The music festival near Bethel, New York begins.
1948 Network TV News CBS begins the first network TV news broadcast.
1947 India India gains its independence from Britain..
1945 World War II Japanese Emperor Hirohito, upon announcing the Japanese surrender, tells his people to "bear the unbearable and endure the unendurable."
1918 First full-length feature cartoon The Sinking of the Lusitania is released.
1915 Papers revealing Germany's plans to create disorder among the American people are published by the New York World. They were signed by the German Ambassador and the German Embassy financial advisor, who had lost the papers.
1914 Panama Canal is declared open to world commerce.
1870 First continuous chain of rails connecting Pacific and Atlantic ports is completed, Comanche (Strasburg), Colorado.
1790 First American Bishop Father Carroll is ordained. He was placed in charge of the Diocese of Baltimore.
Today's Birthdays for August 15
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte d. 1821 Emperor of France (1804-14), King of Italy (1805-14). He was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena after his defeat in 1815 to the British at the Battle of Waterloo.
1950 Anne Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise). She is the only member of the British Royal Family to have competed in the Olympic Games (1976, as part of the British riding team).
1944 Linda Ellerbee American TV news journalist.
1933 Bobby Helms d. 1997 American country singer. Music: Jingle Bell Rock (1957), Fraulein (1956, #1), and My Special Angel (1957, #1).
1925 Mike Conners d. 2017 (Krekor Ohanian), American actor. TV: Mannix (Joe Mannix). He also played Kirk Ohanian in the TV movie The Killer Who Wouldn't Die (1976).
1924 Phyllis Schlafly d. 2016 American conservative activist. She was opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Writings: A Choice Not an Echo (1964).
1912 Julia Child d. 2004 (Julia Carolyn McWilliams), American chef. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking is considered a culinary masterwork. She also served and has been honored for her work with the OSS during WWII. Known for her trademark signoff, "This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!"
1771 Sir Walter Scott d. 1832 Scottish poet, novelist. Writings: Waverley (1814) and Ivanhoe (1819).
???? Gunther Toody character on the TV show Car 54, Where Are You? played by Joe E. Ross.
Deaths for August 15
2000 Craven Walker b. 1918 English inventor. He created the Lava Lamp (1963). He got the idea from similar device he saw in a pub that had been created by a then deceased patron. He spent the next 15 years developing a commercial version of the oozing lamp.
1995 John Cameron Swayze b. 1906 American actor, TV personality, and Timex pitchman ("Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.").
1993 Robert Kempner b. 1899 German member of the U.S. prosecution team for the Nuremberg trials. He discovered the Wannsee Protocol, a record of the 1942 Nazi meeting that approved plans for the "final solution" - the murder of 6,000,000 Jews. As chief legal adviser in the Prussian Ministry of the Interior (1928-35), he sought to prosecute Adolf Hitler for high treason and to ban the Nazi Party. After the rise of the Nazi Party he expelled from Germany.
1982 Ernie Bushmiller b. 1905 (Ernest Paul Bushmiller), American cartoonist, creator of Nancy and her friend Sluggo.
1981 Mickey Goldmill b. 1905 character in the Rocky movies (Rocky Balboa's manager, as played by Burgess Meredith).
1935 Will Rogers b. 1879 American humorist, author. He died in an airplane crash with Wiley Post.