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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

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