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 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, 443,736 hours 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

  • 927
    The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 982
    Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
  • 1281
    Mongol invasion of Japan: The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a “divine wind” for the second time in the Battle of Kōan.
  • 1760
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Liegnitz – Frederick the Great’s victory over the Austrians under Ernst von Laudon.
  • 1863
    The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • 1907
    Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
  • 1920
    Battle of Warsaw so called Miracle at the Vistula.
  • 1944
    World War II: Operation Dragoon – Allied forces land in southern France.
  • 1963
    President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
  • 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?

  • 1883
    Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (d. 1962)
  • 1898
    Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)
  • 1901
    Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)
  • 1925
    Bill Pinkney, American baritone singer (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1933
    Jim Lange, American game show host
  • 1941
    Manolis Mavrommatis, Greek politician
  • 1948
    Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
  • 1978
    Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
  • 1978
    Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)

Who died on August 15?

  • 1038
    King Stephen I of Hungary
  • 1528
    Odet de Foix, Vicomte de Lautrec, French military leader (b. 1485)
  • 1552
    Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (b. 1477)
  • 1666
    Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
  • 1936
    Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
  • 1967
    René Magritte, Belgian painter (b. 1898)
  • 1995
    John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Leroy Sievers, American journalist (b. 1955)

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