Born on this day 15th August
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte
1771 Sir Walter Scott
1888 T.E. Lawrence
1912 Dame Wendy Hiller
1925 Oscar Peterson
1946 Tony Robinson
1946 Jim Webb
1947 Jenny Hanley
1950 H.R.H The Princess Royal
1972 Ben Affleck
1972 Mikey Graham
1971 The Moody Blues’ ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ became their 3rd and final British No. 1 album.
1979 In Zurich, athlete Sebastian Coe set his 3rd World record in just 6 weeks in the 1500 metres, following records in the 800 metres and the Golden Mile.
1993 Sprinter Linford Christie won the world 100 metres title in Stuttgart after running a time of 9.87 seconds, only 100th of a second slower than American Carl Lewis’ World record.
1979 Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’, starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando, premiered in New York.
1992 The last steam train to be decommissioned by British Rail in 1967, came back into service taking day trippers on a tour of the Speyside Whisky Trail.
1992 It was announced that the Mull of Kintyre was to have a modern £300,000 heritage centre built to help cope with the hoards of Beatles fans who visit the area.
1947 India gained independence from Britain, with Pandit Nehru appointed the first Prime Minister.
1980 The wreck of the White Star liner Titanic, which sank in 1912 with the loss of 1,513 lives was located 12,000 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic.
1987 Caning was officially banned in all independent schools.