14 August 2012

Timeline August 14 & 15

August 14
1848  The Oregon Territory was established.
1886  Arthur J Dempster, American physicist, inventor of the first mass spectrometer was born.
1945  President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending WW II.
2003  A blackout hit the northeastern US and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.

August 15
1057  Macbeth, King of Scotland, was slain by the son of King Duncan.
1248  The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, Germany, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
1769  Napoleon Bonapart, French general and First Consul and Emperor, was born on the island of Corsica.
1771  Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet, historian and biographer, was born.
1892  Louis-Victor Broglie, French Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1929) was born.
1945  The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1969  The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
2001  Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own - two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

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