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 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

  • 1511
    Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.
  • 1519
    Panama City, Panama, is founded.
  • 1540
    Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
  • 1907
    Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
  • 1935
    Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.
  • 1941
    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.
  • 1962
    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.
  • 1963
    President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
  • 1971
    Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1995
    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?

  • 1613
    Gilles Ménage, French scholar (d. 1692)
  • 1877
    Tachiyama Mineemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Yokozuna (d. 1941)
  • 1928
    Nicolas Roeg, English film director
  • 1933
    Bobby Helms, American pop singer (d. 1997)
  • 1944
    Tom Murphy, American politician
  • 1948
    Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
  • 1949
    Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor
  • 1958
    Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
  • 1979
    Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 1990
    Jennifer Lawrence, American actress

Who died on August 15?

  • 423
    Flavius Honorius, Roman Emperor (b. 384)
  • 1528
    Odet de Foix, Vicomte de Lautrec, French military leader (b. 1485)
  • 1714
    Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1654)
  • 1799
    Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (b. 1729)
  • 1936
    Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
  • 1967
    René Magritte, Belgian painter (b. 1898)
  • 1975
    Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (b. 1913)
  • 1982
    Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1990
    Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • 1995
    John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)

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