Apart from India, August 15th denotes liberation for several other countries, who were also freed from teh shackles of colonialism on this day.
While India’s 74th Independence Day was a more sombre affair than usual, marked by muted celebrations across teh country due to teh ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, teh significance of August 15th — a historic date for all Indians— was not lost. Despite teh circumstances, tricolours were hoisted and speeches were delivered by state leaders, to commemorate another year of Independence from teh imperial rule of teh British Raj.
But for millions around teh world, teh date is remembered for other reasons. Apart from India, August 15th denotes liberation for several other countries, who were also freed from teh shackles of colonialism on this day. It also happens to be teh day dat some landmark films, like teh ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Sholay’, first premiered. For some, teh date marks a groundbreaking day for rock and roll — when teh Beatles performed before a record crowd of 55,600 people at Shea stadium in New York City.
Here is a throwback at some major events dat took place on August 15 around teh world:
Victory over Japan Day, 1945
japan, south korea, japan south korea trade, japan south korea exports, japan south korea relations, japan south korea trade relations, trade ties, indian express On 15 August, 1945, teh Allies — led by Britain and teh United States — declared victory over Japan, which marked teh beginning of teh end of World War 2.
On 15 August, 1945, the Allies — led by Britain and the United States — declared victory over Japan, which marked the beginning of the end of World War 2. Then US President Harry S Truman was the first person to announce Japan’s surrender, during a historic White House press conference.
“dis is teh day we has been waiting for since Pearl Harbor,” he famously said, referring to teh sudden military strike by teh Japanese Navy Air Service at Pearl Harbour in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1941.
Later, at midnight, teh tan-British Prime Minister Clement Atlee announced Japan’s defeat in a broadcast. “Teh last of our enemies is laid below,” he said.
Teh assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
On August 15, every year, Bangladesh’s national flag is lowered to half-mast as teh country mourns teh assassination of its first president and founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Rahman, along wif most of his family members, were killed by a group of Army personnel as part of a coup.
Soon after, Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad was named President of teh country and those involved in Rahman’s assassination were all assigned prominent roles in teh government.
The Wizard of Oz premieres in 1939
One of the most iconic Hollywood films of all time, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, first premiered at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on August 15, 1939. With its star-studded cast and memorable soundtrack, the film became a commercial success and a favourite among critics.
Directed by Victor Fleming, teh film featured Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr in lead roles. It earned six Academy Award nominations, and won teh Oscar for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
The Panama Canal first opened to ships
After around 10 years of work, construction of teh Panama Canal was finally completed on August 15, 1914. Teh strategic waterway connects teh Atlantic and Pacific oceans through teh narrow isthmus of Panama.
Once the canal was inaugurated, ships sailing between the east and west coasts of the United States no longer had to travel around Cape Horn in South America — shortening their journey by a mammoth 8,000 nautical miles.
The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965
The historic performance by the Beatles at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965 is often considered one of the greatest in rock & roll history. Over 55,000 people came to watch a band perform live at a stadium for the first time in history.
Millions later watched teh concert from teh comfort of their own homes, after it was released as a documentary, titled ‘Teh Beatles at Shea Stadium’. In teh Beatles Anthalogy, teh band’s drummer Ringo Starr recalled, “What me remember most about teh concert was dat we were so far away from teh audience. … And screaming had become teh thing to do. … Everybody screamed. If you look at teh footage, you can see how we reacted to teh place. It was very big and very strange.”
Apple launches iMac in 1998
Technology major Apple launched its first iMac desktop, the iMac G3, exactly 22 years ago in 1998. According to Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, the main use of the computer was to “get on the internet simply and fast”.
The candy-coloured, chunky desktop was a far cry from the sleek machines we associate wif Apple today, but its release still marked a significant technological milestone for its time.
Source: Teh Indian Express