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
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.
Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: July 22, 1549).
French forces end the Bombardment of Brussels, leaving a third of the buildings in the city in ruins.
Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England, killing 34 people.
Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
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?
Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (d. 1958)
Huntz Hall, American actor (d. 1999)
Georgios Roubanis, Greek athlete
Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
Ranjan Gunatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (d. 2010)
Nicole Paggi, American actress
Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
Nathalie Press, English actress
Casey Burgener, American weightlifter
Who died on August 15?
Flavius Honorius, Roman Emperor (b. 384)
Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (b. 1698)
Nathaniel Claiborne, American politician (b. 1777)
Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist (b. 1831)
Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (b. 1913)
Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
Leroy Sievers, American journalist (b. 1955)
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