It was today, 240 years ago, that London learned of the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, which took place in Philadelphia a month earlier.
Before this document formally modified the 13 colonies into states, many viewed the conflict as a local uprising in Massachusetts. Parliament continued to oppose any reform and would not negotiate with the American rebels.
On Aug. 12, 1939, the world watched a different sort of displacement, as the ”Wizard of Oz” movie musical premiered for the first time in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
A mid-20s Judy Garland starred in the film adaptation of Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She and her fellow cast members sang several classic songs written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen.
It would have been difficult to watch any movies on Aug. 14, 2003, when a massive blackout in Northeastern and Midwestern United States, as well as in parts of Canada, left some without electrical power for more than a day.
The blackout was caused when a FirstEnergy Corporation power plant’s lines came into contact with overgrown trees, which triggered the chain reaction of outages.
The Woodstock Music Festival opened its gates to nearly half a million concertgoers on Aug. 15, 1969.
Though initial estimates hovered around 50,000 expected attendees, the high profile billing of acts like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin and Credence Clearwater Revival drew in hundreds of thousands. Eventually, the concert promoters had to make the festival free of charge.