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On this day: August 15

POSTED: 09:13 PM PDT Aug 12, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 14, 2013 

The Panama Canal opens for business, "The Wizard of Oz" comes to Hollywood, World War II comes to an end, and "3 days of peace & music" starts up in Bethel, N.Y., all on this day.

OTD August 15 - Frank Lloyd Wright
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Library of Congress

1914: While Frank Lloyd Wright is working in Chicago, Julian Carlton, a male servant from Barbados who had been hired several months earlier, sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground. The dead include Wright's lover, Mamah Borthwick Cheney; her two children; a gardener; a draftsman named Emil Brodelle; a workman; and another workman's son. Carlton swallowed muriatic acid immediately following the attack in an attempt to kill himself, but died from starvation in jail seven weeks after the incident.


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