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, 434,952 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 ‘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

  • 293 BC
    The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is dedicated.
  • 778
    The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
  • 927
    The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 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.
  • 1843
    Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1939
    13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. There are no survivors.
  • 1942
    World War II: Operation Pedestal – The SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island’s defenses.
  • 1954
    Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
  • 1963
    Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
  • 1963
    President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.

Who were born on August 15?

  • 1717
    Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (d. 1810)
  • 1856
    Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer (d. 1916)
  • 1925
    Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1933
    Bobby Helms, American pop singer (d. 1997)
  • 1945
    Begum Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician
  • 1945
    Gene Upshaw, American football player (d. 2008)
  • 1958
    Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • 1966
    Shirley Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1980
    Nathalie Press, English actress

Who died on August 15?

  • 778
    Roland, Frankish commander
  • 1038
    King Stephen I of Hungary
  • 1859
    Nathaniel Claiborne, American politician (b. 1777)
  • 1931
    Nigar Shikhlinskaya, Azerbaijani WWI nurse (b. ca. 1878)
  • 1951
    Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (b. 1882)
  • 1995
    John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
  • 2001
    Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 2006
    Coenraad Bron, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Te Atairangikaahu, Māori queen (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)

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