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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.

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

1994South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning

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

1989In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

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.

199981st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

1914US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, in a letter to J P Morgan, declares that loans to any of the belligerents go against US neutrality

1986President Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger

1990Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons

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Notable Birthdays on August 15th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 15th

1958Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

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

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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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