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This day in history

Thursday, Aug. 15, is the 227th day of 2013. There are 138 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Rose Marie is 90. Political activist Phyllis Schlafly is 89. Actor Mike Connors is 88. Game show host Jim Lange is 81. Actress Lori Nelson is 80. Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan is 78. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is 75. Musician Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) is 71. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 69. Rock singer-musician Tom Johnston (the Doobie Brothers) is 65. Britain’s Princess Anne is 63. Actress Tess Harper is 63. Actress Debra Messing is 45. Actor Ben Affleck is 41. Actress Natasha Henstridge is 39. Rock singer Joe Jonas (the Jonas Brothers) is 24. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is 23.

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In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV.

In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.

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 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

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