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What Happened on August 15th This Day in History

Year Name
2015 North Korea moves its clock back half an hour to introduce Pyongyang Time, 8⿿1ⁿ2 hours ahead of UTC.
2013 At least 27 people are killed and 226 injured in an explosion in southern Beirut near a complex used by Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. A previously unknown Syrian Sunni group claims responsibility in an online video.
2013 The Smithsonian announces the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years.
2007 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
2005 Israel's unilateral disengagement plan to evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the northern West Bank begins.
2005 The Helsinki Agreement between the Free Aceh Movement and the Government of Indonesia was signed, ending almost three decades of fighting.
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.
1998 Northern Ireland: Omagh bombing takes place; 29 people (including a woman pregnant with twins) killed and some 220 others injured.
1995 In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
1984 The Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military with an attack on police and gendarmerie bases in ſemdinli and Eruh
1977 The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.
1975 Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
1975 Takeo Miki makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.
1974 Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President Park Chung-hee.
1973 Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.
1971 President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
1971 Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1970 Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.
1969 The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
1965 The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.
1963 Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
1963 President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of the Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
1962 James Joseph Dresnok defects to North Korea after running across the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Dresnok died in 2016.
1961 Border guard Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
1960 Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
1954 Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
1952 A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England, killing 34 people.
1948 The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is established south of the 38th parallel north.
1947 India gains Independence from British rule after near 190 years of British company and crown rule, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
1947 Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor-General of Pakistan in Karachi.
1945 Jewel Voice Broadcast by the Emperor Showa following effective surrender of Japan in the World War II, Korea gains Independence from the Empire of Japan.
1944 World War II: Operation Dragoon: Allied forces land in southern France.
1943 World War II: Battle of Trahili: Superior German forces surround Cretan partisans, who manage to escape against all odds.
1942 World War II: Operation Pedestal: The oil tanker SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island's defenses.
1941 Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 07:12, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for espionage.
1940 An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbor during peacetime, marking the most serious Italian provocation prior to the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in October.
1939 Twenty-six Junkers Ju 87 bombers commanded by Walter Sigel meet unexpected ground fog during a dive-bombing demonstration for Luftwaffe generals at Neuhammer. Thirteen of them crash and burn.
1939 The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.
1935 Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.
1920 Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw, so-called Miracle at the Vistula.
1915 A story in New York World newspaper reveals that the Imperial German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort and diverted it to Bayer for aspirin production.
1914 A servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright murders seven people and sets fire to the living quarters of Wright's Wisconsin home, Taliesin.
1914 The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.
1914 World War I: The First Russian Army, led by Paul von Rennenkampf, enters East Prussia.
1914 World War I: Beginning of the Battle of Cer, the first Allied victory of World War I.
1907 Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, the first African-American Orthodox priest, "Priest-Apostolic" to America and the West Indies.
1893 Ibadan area becomes a British Protectorate after a treaty signed by Fijabi, the Baale of Ibadan with the British acting Governor of Lagos, George C. Denton.
1863 The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
1843 The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
1843 Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1824 The Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French general of the American Revolutionary War, arrives in New York and begins a tour of 24 states.
1760 Seven Years' War: Battle of Liegnitz: Frederick the Great's victory over the Austrians under Ernst Gideon von Laudon.
1695 French forces end the bombardment of Brussels.
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.
1592 Imjin War: At the Battle of Hansan Island, the Korean Navy, led by Yi Sun-sin, Yi Eok-gi, and Won Gyun, decisively defeats the Japanese Navy, led by Wakisaka Yasuharu.
1549 Jesuit priest Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: 22 July 1549).
1540 Arequipa, Peru is founded.
1537 Asunción, Paraguay is founded.
1534 Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
1519 Panama City, Panama is founded.
1517 Seven Portuguese armed vessels led by Fernão Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.
1511 Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Malacca Sultanate.
1483 Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel.
1461 The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmed II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
1430 Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
1310 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.
1281 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.
1261 Michael VIII Palaiologos is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
1248 The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
1237 The Battle of the Puig takes place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Taifa of Valencia against the Kingdom of Aragon. The battle resulted in an Aragonese victory.
1185 The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
1070 The Pavian-born Benedictine Lanfranc is appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury in England.
1057 King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.
1038 King Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, dies; his nephew, Peter Orseolo, succeeds him.
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.
982 Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the Battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
927 The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
805 Noble Erchana of Dahauua grants the Bavarian town of Dachau to the Diocese of Freising
778 The Battle of Roncevaux Pass takes place between the army of Charlemagne and a Basque army.
747 Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, renounces his position as majordomo and retires to a monastery near Rome. His brother Pepin the Short becomes the sole ruler (de facto) of the Frankish Kingdom.
718 Arab-Byzantine wars: Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople.
717 Arab-Byzantine wars: Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik begins the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople, which will last for nearly a year.
636 Arab-Byzantine wars: The Battle of Yarmouk between Byzantine Empire and Rashidun Caliphate begins.
Famous People Born on August 15

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Year Name
1965 Rob Thomas, American author, screenwriter, and producer
1975 Bertrand Berry, American football player and radio host
1892 Abraham Wachner, New Zealand politician, 35th Mayor of Invercargill (d. 1950)
1844 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1908)
1983 Siobhan Chamberlain, English association football goalkeeper
1881 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-American activist and politician (d. 1956)
1956 Freedom Neruda, Ivorian journalist
1934 Bobby Byrd, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2007)
1958 Victor Shenderovich, Russian journalist and radio host
1962 Tom Colicchio, American chef and author
Famous People Deaths On August 15

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Date Name
1909 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian sociologist and journalist (b. 1866)
2006 Te Atairangikaahu, New Zealand queen (b. 1931)
932 Ma Xisheng, Chinese governor and king (b. 899)
1981 Jørgen Løvset, Norwegian gynaecologist and academic (b. 1896)
1369 Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III of England (b. 1314)
1925 Konrad Mägi, Estonian painter and educator (b. 1878)
2013 Rosalía Mera, Spanish businesswoman, co-founded Inditex and Zara (b. 1944)
1758 Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician, geophysicist, and astronomer (b. 1698)
1714 Constantin Brâncoveanu, Romanian prince (b. 1654)
2001 Kateryna Yushchenko, Ukrainian computer scientist and academic (b. 1919)