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

  • 1018
    Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinds and captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, thereby ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II’s conquest of Bulgaria.
  • 1430
    Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
  • 1534
    Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
  • 1549
    Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: July 22, 1549).
  • 1695
    French forces end the Bombardment of Brussels, leaving a third of the buildings in the city in ruins.
  • 1843
    Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1952
    A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England, killing 34 people.
  • 1961
    Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • 1975
    Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
  • 2005
    Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan to evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the northern West Bank begins.

Who were born on August 15?

  • 1896
    Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • 1919
    Huntz Hall, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Georgios Roubanis, Greek athlete
  • 1951
    Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
  • 1951
    Ranjan Gunatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1958
    Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (d. 2010)
  • 1977
    Nicole Paggi, American actress
  • 1978
    Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1980
    Nathalie Press, English actress
  • 1982
    Casey Burgener, American weightlifter

Who died on August 15?

  • 423
    Flavius Honorius, Roman Emperor (b. 384)
  • 1758
    Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (b. 1698)
  • 1859
    Nathaniel Claiborne, American politician (b. 1777)
  • 1907
    Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist (b. 1831)
  • 1945
    Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 1975
    Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (b. 1913)
  • 1982
    Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1999
    Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • 2007
    Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Leroy Sievers, American journalist (b. 1955)

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