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 227th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 138 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 2, 2019 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,097,120 minutes 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 ‘dihectaicosaheptagon’ 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 163 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 2,428 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 15 Historical Events
Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.
Panama City, Panama, is founded.
Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.
Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason.
James Joseph Dresnok defects to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea after running across the Korean DMZ. Dresnok still resides in the capital, Pyongyang.
President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
Who were born on August 15?
Gilles Ménage, French scholar (d. 1692)
Tachiyama Mineemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Yokozuna (d. 1941)
Nicolas Roeg, English film director
Bobby Helms, American pop singer (d. 1997)
Tom Murphy, American politician
Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor
Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
Jennifer Lawrence, American actress
Who died on August 15?
Flavius Honorius, Roman Emperor (b. 384)
Odet de Foix, Vicomte de Lautrec, French military leader (b. 1485)
Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1654)
Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (b. 1729)
Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
René Magritte, Belgian painter (b. 1898)
Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (b. 1913)
Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
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