Legal HistoryIt is always fascinating to learn about major events that occurred on this day in history.  Below are a few interesting events that occurred on August 15 that I found interesting and wanted to share with you.

August 15, 1848- The dental chair was patented by M Waldo Hanchett

August 15, 1939- "Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood

August 15, 1967- England's Marine Offense Bill, which made pirate radio stations a crime, went into effect

August 15, 1969- Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened in New York

August 15, 1971- President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

August 15, 1971- President Nixon put an end to the convertibility of the US dollar into gold by foreign investors, breaking away from the gold standard

August 15, 1977- A radio telescope called “The Big Ear” received a radio signal from deep space.  “The Big Ear” was operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project.

August 15, 1978- House of Representatives approved a 39-month extension for ERA

August 15, 1988- New York City began a $70 million program to help rebuild 900 Bronx apartments

August 15, 2007- An 8.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed numerous regions of Peru and killed 514 people.  It left 1,090 injured

Do any of these events interest you?

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