August 15 in history


On August 15:

1040 The Scottish King Duncan was killed by his cousin MacBeth.

Duncan I
(Donnchad mac Crínáin)

1015 1057  Macbeth was killed.


1769 Napoleon Bonaparte was born.

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, by Jacques-Louis David, 1812

1771 Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott was born.

Raeburn’s portrait of Sir Walter Scott

1912 US chef Julia Child was born.

1914 The Panama Canal opened.

1945 World War II ended with the surrender of Japan, marked as VJ Day.

1947 India gained independence from Britain.

Horizontal tricolour flag (deep saffron, white, and green). In the center of the white is a navy blue wheel with 24 spokes. Three lions facing left, right,and toward viewer, atop a frieze containing a galloping horse, a 24-spoke wheel, and an elephant. Underneath is a motto "सत्यमेव जयते".

1948 The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was established.

  Coat of arms

1950 Princess Anne was born.


1969 The Woodstock music and art festival opened.

Korean blogger faces 18 month sentence


A South Korean blogger who has been critical of government ecnomic policy is facing an 18 month gaol sentence.

Prosecutors demanded an 18-month sentence Monday for a popular South Korean blogger who is accused of spreading false financial information in a case that has ignited a debate about freedom of speech in cyberspace.

Bloggers don’t have sub editors to save us from ourselves so we have only ourselves to blame if we defame someone or spread false information.

However, call me cynical if you will,  but I suspect a government acting against a blogger in this way might have more to do with censorship than any concern for the facts.

Sth Korea accepting US beef againg


South Korean retailers are planning to stock beef from the USA again for the first time after sales stopped five years ago because of fears of mad cow disease.

Melamine taint prompts recalls in Sth Korea


Nestle and Mars branded snacks made in China have been recalled in South Korea after melamine was detected in samples.

The Korea Food and Drug Administration says the industrial chemical has been found in M&M’s and Snickers peanut Fun Size, both produced by Mars in China.

Kit Kat bars from Nestle were also found carrying melamine, bringing the total number of melamine-detected items to 10 in Seoul.

The report doesn’t mention whether the amounts of melamine detected were at dangerous levels, but given the deaths and illnesses in China recalls are a sensible precaution.

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