On This Day

15th August

1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1914 – The Panama Canal opened to traffic.

1945 - Allied nations celebrated VJ Day marking the end of World War II.

1947 – India gained Independence from British rule after almost 190 years.

1952 – A flash flood in the town of Lynmouth, England, killed 34 people.

1963 – The last man was hanged in Scotland.

1971 – Bahrain gained independence from the United Kingdom.

1971 - horse rider Harvey Smith was stripped of £2,000 winnings and a major show jumping title for allegedly making a rude gesture, although he swore it was a V for victory sign.

1998 – 27 people were killed following a massive car bomb in the town of Omagh in Northern Ireland.