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Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

World events on this day in the Menzies Era
  • 1949 - WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 - 8.6 earthquake in India kills 20,000 to 30,000
  • 1950 - Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1950 - Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1950 - Indies Constitution goes into effect
  • 1950 - Joseph Pholien becomes Belgian premier
  • 1950 - Pres Sukarno proclaims unity of Indonesia
  • 1950 - Rotterdam harbor strike begins
  • 1952 - 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • 1952 - 9" of rain fall creates a 20' wave in Lynmouth, England killing 34
  • 1954 - Alfredo Stroessner names himself president of Paraguay
  • 1954 - WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • 1955 - WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins
  • 1957 - David Simons reaches 30,942 m in Man High 2 balloon
  • 1957 - USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter
  • 1958 - 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1958 - Buddy Holly weds Maria Santiago
  • 1958 - Marshal Boelganin resigns as director of Staatsbank
  • 1958 - Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • 1960 - CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • 1960 - Chic Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1960 - Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 1960 - Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Phila Phillies, 1-0
  • 1960 - UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 1961 - Building of Berlin Wall begins
  • 1962 - Netherlands & Indonesia signs accord about New Guinea
  • 1962 - Shady Grove Baptist Church burned in Leesburg Georgia
  • 1963 - Fulbert Youlou, resigns as Pres of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1964 - Fred Trueman takes 300th Test Cricket wicket (Neil Hawke)
  • 1964 - Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago
  • 1964 - Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • 1964 - Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb) Ill
  • 1964 - Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3"
  • 1965 - 47th PGA Championship: Dave Marr shoots a 280 at Laurel Valley GC PA
  • 1965 - Beatles play to 55,000 at Shea Stadium
  • 1965 - Mary Mills wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • 1965 - Japanese community of SF holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick Park to honor 1st Japanese player to play in major leagues
  • 1966 - Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • 1967 - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae
  • 1967 - England's Marine Offense Bill makies pirate radio stations a crime goes into effect, pirate station Radio 355 closes down
  • 1968 - Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
  • 1968 - Romanian president Ceausescu visits Prague
  • 1968 - USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1969 - Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm)
  • 1970 - Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)
  • 1971 - Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • 1971 - Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • 1971 - KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • 1971 - Pres Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents
  • 1971 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open