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
The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
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.
Seven Years’ War: Battle of Liegnitz – Frederick the Great’s victory over the Austrians under Ernst von Laudon.
The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
Battle of Warsaw so called Miracle at the Vistula.
World War II: Operation Dragoon – Allied forces land in southern France.
President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
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?
Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (d. 1962)
Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)
Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)
Bill Pinkney, American baritone singer (d. 2007)
Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
Jim Lange, American game show host
Manolis Mavrommatis, Greek politician
Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
Who died on August 15?
King Stephen I of Hungary
Odet de Foix, Vicomte de Lautrec, French military leader (b. 1485)
Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (b. 1477)
Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
René Magritte, Belgian painter (b. 1898)
John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (b. 1906)
Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist (b. 1927)
Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer (b. 1923)
Leroy Sievers, American journalist (b. 1955)
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