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Notable Historical Events for August 15th

199051st PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

1971US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

1981Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

1986President Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger

1950Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 for heavyweight boxing title

778Battle of Roncevaux Pass: Roland, commander of the rearguard of Charlemagne's army is defeated by the Basques

1040King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as per Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.

1914A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

1964Mayor Daley declares "Ernie Banks Day" in Chicago

1993Nolan Ryan, 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1

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Notable Birthdays on August 15th

1769Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica, resident of Elba (emperor of France 1804-13, 1814-15), (d. 1821)

1925Oscar Peterson, Montreal Quebec, Canadian jazz pianist and composer

1954Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Skelleftehamn, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

1924Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president

1990Jennifer Lawrence, Louisville, Kentucky, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook )

1972Ben Affleck, Berkeley California, actor (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor)

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Notable Weddings on August 15th

2009Actor Joseph Fiennes (39) weds model María Dolores Diéguez in Tuscany, Italy

1958Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

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Notable Deaths on August 15th

1057Macbeth, King of Scots, slain by son of King Duncan

1935Will Rogers, humorist, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 55

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