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, 26,624,160 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 ‘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
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.
Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass – Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. There are no survivors.
An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbour during peacetime, marking the most serious Italian provocation prior to the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in October.
Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
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 Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.
Who were born on August 15?
E. Nesbit, English author (d. 1924)
Stylianos Gonatas, Greek military officer and politician (d. 1966)
Edna Ferber, American novelist (d. 1968)
Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and mechanical computation designer (d. 1950)
Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek songwriter and musician (d. 2005)
Larry Hartsell, American martial arts instructor (d. 2007)
Jimmy Webb, American musician and composer
Bobby Caldwell, American singer and musician
Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
Belinda, Mexican singer
Who died on August 15?
King Stephen I of Hungary
Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (b. 1477)
Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (b. 1698)
Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (b. 1729)
Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (b. 1913)
John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
Leroy Sievers, American journalist (b. 1955)
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