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Freeing France, Now or Never, a Historic Stadium Show and an Unforgettable Actress

-- On Aug. 15, 1944: Operation Dragoon was launched when Allied forces landed on three beaches in southern France during World War II. The four-week operation ultimately resulted in the liberation of Marseille, Toulon and other parts of southern France from German occupation. Allied forces were then able to reopen the ports in Marseille and Toulon, and use those ports to ship critical supplies.

-- On Aug. 15, 1960: It's Now or Never, performed by Elvis Presley, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The song was inspired by the Italian song O Sole Mio, which Presley reportedly heard while serving in the Army. It was Presley's best-selling hit single worldwide.

-- On Aug. 15, 1965: The Beatles performed for a crowd of more than 55,000 screaming fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, the first rock concert held at a stadium in the United States. Ed Sullivan introduced the band to the stage, and the band performed 12 songs. The performance was recorded in a documentary called The Beatles at Shea Stadium.

-- On Aug. 17, 1920: Actress Maureen O'Hara was born in Ireland. During her long and successful acting career, O'Hara appeared in a number of noteworthy films including: How Green Was My Valley, Miracle on 34th Street, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Parent Trap just to name a few. Many moviegoers remember O'Hara for co-starring in five films with the legendary actor John Wayne, including The Quiet Man, which was believed to be one of her favorite films. In addition to her acting, O'Hara was also a talented singer who performed in the Broadway musical Christine. O'Hara passed away in 2015 at the age of 95 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery next to her third husband, Charles Blair Jr., an aviator and former brigadier general who died in 1978.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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