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

  • 293 BC
    The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is dedicated.
  • 778
    The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
  • 1519
    Panama City, Panama, is founded.
  • 1534
    Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: Operation Pedestal – The SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island’s defenses.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
  • 2007
    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?

  • 1892
    Louis, 7th duc de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1910
    Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (d. 2002)
  • 1924
    Werner Abrolat, German actor (d. 1997)
  • 1945
    Duffy Dyer, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
  • 1958
    Craig MacTavish, Canadian ice hockey player/coach
  • 1973
    Adam Willard, American musician (The Offspring)
  • 1974
    Tomasz Suwary, Polish footballer
  • 1975
    Kara Wolters, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress

Who died on August 15?

  • 1274
    Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and educator (b. 1201)
  • 1907
    Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist (b. 1831)
  • 1925
    Konrad Mägi, Estonian artist (b. 1878)
  • 1945
    Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 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)
  • 2005
    Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer (b. 1923)

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