Today is Sunday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2004. There are 138 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Aug. 15, 1945, was proclaimed "V-J Day" by the Allies, a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

On this date:

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, Alaska.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces landed in southern France.

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

In 1948, the Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

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

In 1971, President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.

In 1974, South Korean President Park Chung-hee escaped an assassination attempt in which his wife was killed.

In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility.

Ten years ago: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist better known as "Carlos the Jackal," was jailed in France after being captured in Sudan.

Five years ago: President Clinton and his family went house-hunting in Westchester County, N.Y. (They later settled on a house in Chappaqua.) Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming the youngest player to win two majors since Seve Ballesteros.

One year ago: Bouncing back from the largest blackout in U.S. history, cities from the Midwest to Manhattan restored power to millions of people - only to confront a second series of woes created in the aftermath of the enormous outage.

Today's Birthdays: Cooking expert Julia Child is 92. Actress Rose Marie is 81. Political activist Phyllis Schlafly is 80. Actor Mike Connors is 79. Jazz musician Oscar Peterson is 79. Rhythm and blues singer Bill Pinckney (The Drifters) is 79. Actress Lori Nelson is 71. Singer-producer Bobby Byrd is 70. Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan is 69. Actor Jim Dale is 69. Actress Pat Priest is 68. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is 66. Musician Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) is 62. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 60. Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 58. Britain's Princess Anne is 54. Actress Tess Harper is 54. Actor Larry Mathews is 49. Actor Zeljko Ivanek is 47. Rock singer-musician Matt Johnson (The The) is 43. Actress Debi Mazar is 40. Country singer Angela Rae (Wild Horses) is 38. Actress Debra Messing is 36. Actor Anthony Anderson is 34. Actor Ben Affleck is 32. Singer Michael Graham (Boyzone) is 32. Actress Natasha Henstridge is 30.

Thought for Today: "We must not read either law or history backwards." - Helen M. Cam, English historian and educator (1885-1968).


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