This Day In History (August 15)
On this day, 15 August 1947, India and pakistan became independent after some 200 years of British rule. SEE New York Times Article.
On August 15, 1879, Ethel Barrymore, who was considered the "first lady" of the American theatre, was born. Following her death on June 18, 1959, her obituary appeared in The Times. SEE Obituary.
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- 1947 - India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.
- 1948 - The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed.
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