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
293 BC –
The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is dedicated.
The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
Panama City, Panama, is founded.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
World War II: Operation Pedestal – The SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island’s defenses.
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.
In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
Who were born on August 15?
Louis, 7th duc de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1987)
Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (d. 2002)
Werner Abrolat, German actor (d. 1997)
Duffy Dyer, American baseball player
Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
Craig MacTavish, Canadian ice hockey player/coach
Adam Willard, American musician (The Offspring)
Tomasz Suwary, Polish footballer
Kara Wolters, American basketball player
Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
Who died on August 15?
Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and educator (b. 1201)
Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist (b. 1831)
Konrad Mägi, Estonian artist (b. 1878)
Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
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)
Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist (b. 1927)
Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer (b. 1923)
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