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Woodstock comes to an end

The three-day musical festival known as Woodstock ended on Aug. 17, 1969.
August 2017

On Aug. 11, 1984, President Ronald Reagan, while testing a microphone before a radio address, jokingly announces, "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

On Aug. 12, 30 B.C., Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome.

On Aug. 13, 1878, a restaurant owner dies of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee, after a man who had escaped a quarantined steamboat visited her restaurant. In the 19th century, it was not known that mosquitoes carried yellow fever, and victims were quarantined in an attempt to prevent its spread.

On Aug. 14, 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, an international force featuring British, Russian, American, Japanese, French and German troops relieves the Chinese capital of Peking. The Chinese nationalists besieging Peking's diplomatic quarter were crushed.

On Aug. 15, 1947, The Indian Independence Bill, which carves the independent nations of India and Pakistan out of the former Mogul Empire, comes into force at the stroke of midnight. The long-awaited agreement ended 200 years of British rule.

On Aug. 16, 1977, popular-music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death of the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his mansion in Memphis.

On Aug. 17, 1969, the grooviest event in music history — the Woodstock Music Festival — ends after three days of peace, love and rock 'n' roll in upstate New York. Some 186,000 tickets were sold, but half a million people showed up, forcing promoters allow concertgoers to enter for free.


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