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, 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

  • 1309
    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.
  • 1599
    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.
  • 1939
    13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. There are no survivors.
  • 1940
    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.
  • 1961
    Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
  • 1974
    Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
  • 1998
    Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
  • 1999
    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?

  • 1858
    E. Nesbit, English author (d. 1924)
  • 1876
    Stylianos Gonatas, Greek military officer and politician (d. 1966)
  • 1885
    Edna Ferber, American novelist (d. 1968)
  • 1893
    Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and mechanical computation designer (d. 1950)
  • 1922
    Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek songwriter and musician (d. 2005)
  • 1942
    Larry Hartsell, American martial arts instructor (d. 2007)
  • 1946
    Jimmy Webb, American musician and composer
  • 1951
    Bobby Caldwell, American singer and musician
  • 1958
    Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • 1989
    Belinda, Mexican singer

Who died on August 15?

  • 1038
    King Stephen I of Hungary
  • 1552
    Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (b. 1477)
  • 1758
    Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (b. 1698)
  • 1799
    Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (b. 1729)
  • 1936
    Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
  • 1975
    Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (b. 1913)
  • 1995
    John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2008
    Leroy Sievers, American journalist (b. 1955)

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