What happened this day in history August 15

What are the important events that happened on August 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 15: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 15 is the 228th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 138 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 2, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 443,736 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosaoctagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 181 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,794 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 15 Historical Events

  • 1309
    The city of Rhodes surrenders to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights establish their headquarters on the island and rename themselves the Knights of Rhodes.
  • 1430
    Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
  • 1461
    The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
  • 1549
    Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: July 22, 1549).
  • 1843
    Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1914
    A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.
  • 1914
    The First Russian Army, led by Pavel Rennenkampf, enters Eastern Prussia.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
  • 1975
    Miki Takeo makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.

Who were born on August 15?

  • 1857
    Albert Ballin, German shipping tycoon (d. 1918)
  • 1901
    Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)
  • 1922
    Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek songwriter and musician (d. 2005)
  • 1928
    Nicolas Roeg, English film director
  • 1940
    Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (d. 1977)
  • 1945
    Duffy Dyer, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Beverly Lynn Burns, American pilot
  • 1966
    Scott Brosius, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Bertrand Berry, American football player
  • 1980
    Nathalie Press, English actress

Who died on August 15?

  • 423
    Flavius Honorius, Roman Emperor (b. 384)
  • 1038
    King Stephen I of Hungary
  • 1728
    Marin Marais, French composer and viol player (b. 1656)
  • 1925
    Konrad Mägi, Estonian artist (b. 1878)
  • 1935
    Wiley Post, American pilot (b. 1898)
  • 1935
    Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (b. 1879)
  • 1990
    Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • 2004
    Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician (b. 1941)
  • 2006
    Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)

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