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15 August Events - World Wide

In the Gregorian calendar, August 15th marks the 227th day of the year, or the 228th day in leap years, leaving 138 days remaining until the year’s conclusion.

August 15 holds global significance due to several noteworthy events celebrated worldwide. It marks India’s Independence Day, symbolizing the nation’s liberation from British colonial rule in 1947. The Christian calendar observes it as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, honoring her ascension into heaven. South Korea commemorates Liberation Day on this date, signifying the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945. In Canada, some regions celebrate National Acadian Day, highlighting the contributions of Acadians.  The Eastern Orthodox Church observes the Feast of the Dormition, akin to the Assumption of Mary. Hawaii observes Statehood Day, marking its inclusion as the 50th U.S. state in 1959. Notably, this day also holds significance for the Indian community in South Korea as Indian Independence Day. These multifaceted events collectively underscore August 15 global importance.

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Events List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • In the context of the Arab–Byzantine wars, the commencement of the Battle of Yarmouk unfolds in the year 636. This battle marks a conflict between the Byzantine Empire and the Rashidun Caliphate.
  • In 717, within the ongoing Arab–Byzantine wars, Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik initiates the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople, a protracted endeavor that spans nearly a year.
  • 718: The Second Arab Siege of Constantinople comes to an end.
  • 747: Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, steps down from his position, leaving his brother, Pepin the Short, as the sole ruler of the Frankish Kingdom.
  • 778: The Battle of Roncevaux Pass occurs between Charlemagne’s army and a Basque army.
  • 805: Noble Erchana of Dahauua grants the town of Dachau to the Diocese of Freising in Bavaria.
  • 927: Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 982: Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by Saracens in the Battle of Capo Colonna in Calabria.
  • 1018: Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria, marking the end of Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II’s conquest.
  • 1038: King Stephen I of Hungary passes away, succeeded by his nephew Peter Orseolo.
  • 1057: King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by forces led by Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.
  • 1070: Benedictine Lanfranc from Pavia becomes the new Archbishop of Canterbury in England.
  • 1096: The First Crusade is initiated as set by Pope Urban II.
  • 1185: Queen Tamar of Georgia consecrates the cave city of Vardzia.
  • 1224: The Livonian Brothers of the Sword occupy Tarbatu (Tartu) as part of the Livonian Crusade.
  • 1237: The Battle of the Puig concludes with an Aragonese victory against Moorish forces.
  • 1248: The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral is laid.
  • 1261: Michael VIII Palaiologos is crowned as the first Byzantine emperor in 57 years.
  • 1281: The Mongol fleet of Kublai Khan is defeated by a “divine wind” for the second time in the Battle of Kōan during the Mongol invasion of Japan.
  • 1310: The city of Rhodes surrenders to the Knights of St. John.
  • 1430: Francesco Sforza conquers Lucca.
  • 1461: The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to Sultan Mehmed II, marking the end of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1483: Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel.
  • 1511: Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal captures Malacca.
  • 1517: Portuguese vessels led by Fernão Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.
  • 1519: Panama City, Panama is founded.
  • 1534: Ignatius of Loyola and classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus.
  • 1537: Asunción, Paraguay is founded.
  • 1540: Arequipa, Peru is founded.
  • 1549: Jesuit priest Francis Xavier arrives at Kagoshima, Japan.
  • 1592: Korean Navy, led by Yi Sun-sin, decisively defeats the Japanese Navy at the Battle of Hansan Island.
  • 1599: The battle of Curlew Pass occurs during the Nine Years’ War, where Irish forces ambush English forces.

1601–1900

  • 1695: French forces conclude the bombardment of Brussels.
  • 1760: Battle of Liegnitz occurs during the Seven Years’ War, resulting in Frederick the Great’s victory over the Austrians led by Ernst Gideon von Laudon.
  • 1824: The Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French general of the American Revolutionary War, arrives in New York and embarks on a tour of 24 states.
  • 1843: The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. It currently serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu and is the oldest continuously used Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.
  • 1843: Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest intact amusement parks, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1863: The Anglo-Satsuma War commences between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • 1893: The Ibadan area becomes a British Protectorate after a treaty is signed between Fijabi, the Baale of Ibadan, and George C. Denton, the British acting Governor of Lagos.
  • 1899: Fratton Park football ground in Portsmouth, England is officially inaugurated.

1901–present

  •  1907: Fr. Raphael Morgan, the first African American Orthodox priest, “PriestApostolic” to America and the West Indies, is ordained in Constantinople.
  •  1914: A servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of Wright’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, and murders seven people there.
  •  1914: The cargo ship SS Ancon transits the Panama Canal, marking its opening to traffic.
  •  1914: The First Russian Army, led by Paul von Rennenkampf, enters East Prussia at the outset of World War I.
  •  1914: The Battle of Cer begins, resulting in the first Allied victory of World War I.
  •  1915: A story in the New York World newspaper reveals that the German government purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison for explosives, diverting it to Bayer for aspirin production.
  •  1920: The Battle of Warsaw, known as the Miracle at the Vistula, takes place during the Polish–Soviet War.
  •  1935: Will Rogers and Wiley Post die in an aircraft engine failure and crash in Barrow, Alaska.
  •  1939: Ground fog causes 13 of 26 Junkers Ju 87 bombers to crash and burn during a divebombing demonstration for Luftwaffe generals at Neuhammer.
  •  1939: The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.
  •  1940: An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbor, escalating tensions prior to the Greco-Italian War.
  •  1941: Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London for espionage, becoming the last person executed at the Tower.
  •  1942: Operation Pedestal: The oil tanker SS Ohio arrives at Malta carrying vital fuel supplies for the island’s defenses during World War II.
  •  1943: Cretan partisans escape superior German forces in the Battle of Trahili during World War II.
  •  1944: Allied forces land in southern France as part of Operation Dragoon during World War II.
  •  1945: Emperor Hirohito broadcasts his declaration of surrender, and Korea gains independence from the Empire of Japan following World War II.
  •  1947: India gains independence from British rule, joining the Commonwealth of Nations.
  •  1947: Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as the first Governor General of Pakistan in Karachi.
  •  1948: The First Republic of Korea (South Korea) is established in the southern half of the peninsula.
  •  1950: The AssamTibetMyanmar border experiences the largest earthquake on land, measuring Mw 8.6 and killing 4,800 people.
  •  1952: A flash flood kills 34 people in Lynmouth, England.
  •  1954: Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
  •  1959: American Airlines Flight 514 crashes near Calverton, New York, killing all five people on board.
  •  1960: The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) gains independence from France.
  •  1961: Border guard Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  •  1962: James Joseph Dresnok defects to North Korea by crossing the Korean Demilitarized Zone; Dresnok dies in 2016.
  •  1963: Henry John Burnett is executed, becoming the last man hanged in Scotland.
  •  1963: President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of the Congo after a three-day uprising in the capital.
  •  1965: The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium in New York City, considered the birth of stadium rock.
  •  1969: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in Bethel, New York, featuring top rock musicians of the era.
  •  1970: Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.
  •  1971: President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending the convertibility of the US dollar into gold by foreign investors.
  •  1971: Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  •  1973: The USAF bombing of Cambodia concludes during the Vietnam War.
  •  1974: Yuk Youngsoo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed in an apparent assassination attempt on President Park Chung Hee.
  •  1975: Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed during a military coup.
  •  1975: Takeo Miki makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of World War II’s end.
  •  1976: SAETA Flight 232 crashes into the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador, killing all 59 people on board; wreckage is discovered in 2002.
  •  1977: The radio telescope Big Ear receives a radio signal from deep space, known as the “Wow! signal.”
  •  1984: The Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey launches armed attacks against the Turkish Armed Forces.
  •  1985: The Assam Accord is signed to end the Assam Movement in India.
  •  1989: China Eastern Airlines Flight 5510 crashes after takeoff, killing 34 of the 40 people on board.
  •  1995: Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet to matriculate at The Citadel in South Carolina (she drops out less than a week later).
  •  1995: Tomiichi Murayama, Prime Minister of Japan, releases the Murayama Statement expressing remorse for Japanese war crimes in WWII.
  •  1998: The Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland kills 29 people and injures 220 others.
  •  1998: Apple introduces the iMac computer.
  •  1999: The Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria resulted in 29 deaths near the Moroccan border.
  •  2005: Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan to evict Israelis from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank settlements begins.
  •  2005: The Helsinki Agreement is signed, ending the Free Aceh Movement’s three-decade-long conflict with the Government of Indonesia.
  •  2007: An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and other regions of Peru, killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  •  2013: An explosion near a Hezbollah complex in southern Beirut kills at least 27 people and injures 226.
  •  2013: The olinguito, the first new carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years, is discovered.
  •  2015: North Korea introduces Pyongyang Time, moving its clock back half an hour to be 8½ hours ahead of UTC.
  •  2020: Russia begins production of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 2021: The Taliban takes control of Kabul, Afghanistan, as Ashraf Ghani flees, effectively reestablishing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Births List - World Wide

Pre-1600

  • 1013: Teishi, Empress of Japan (d. 1094)
  • 1171: Alfonso IX, King of León and Galicia (d. 1230)
  • 1195: Anthony of Padua, Portuguese priest and saint (d. 1231)
  • 1385: Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford, English commander (d. 1417)
  • 1432: Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (d. 1484)
  • 1455: George, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1503)
  • 1507: George III, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, German prince (d. 1553)
  • 1575: Bartol Kašić, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (d. 1650)
  • 1589: Gabriel Báthory, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1613)

1601–1900

  • Herman IV (1607–1658): Landgrave of HesseRotenburg.
  • Henry Howard (1608–1652): 22nd Earl of Arundel, English politician.
  • Gilles Ménage (1613–1692): French lawyer, philologist, and scholar.
  • Marie de Lorraine (1615–1688): Duchess of Guise.
  • John Grubb (1652–1708): American politician.
  • Francesco Zuccarelli (1702–1788): Italian painter and Royal Academician.
  • Blind Jack (1717–1810): English engineer.
  • Johann Christoph Kellner (1736–1803): German organist and composer.
  • Matthias Claudius (1740–1815): German poet and author.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821): French general and emperor.
  • Walter Scott (1771–1832): Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet.
  • Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859): English journalist and author.
  • Eliza Lee Cabot Follen (1787–1860): American writer, editor, and abolitionist.
  • Sangolli Rayanna (1798–1831): Indian warrior.
  • Jules Grévy (1807–1891): French lawyer and politician, 4th President of the French Republic.
  • Louise Colet (1810–1876): French poet.
  • John Chisum (1824–1884): American businessman.
  • Antonín Petrof (1839–1915): Czech piano maker.
  • Thomas Alfred Bernier (1844–1908): Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician.
  • Walter Crane (1845–1915): English artist and book illustrator.
  • Keir Hardie (1856–1915): Scottish politician and trade unionist.
  • Albert Ballin (1857–1918): German businessman.
  • E. Nesbit (1858–1924): English author and poet.
  • Charles Comiskey (1859–1931): American baseball player and manager.
  • Florence Harding (1860–1924): American publisher, 31st First Lady of the United States.
  • Aleksey Krylov (1863–1945): Russian mathematician and engineer.
  • Mikao Usui (1865–1926): Japanese spiritual leader, founder of Reiki.
  • Italo Santelli (1866–1945): Italian fencer.
  • Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950): Indian guru, poet, and philosopher.
  • Ramaprasad Chanda (1873–1942): Indian archaeologist and historian.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912): English pianist, violinist, and composer.
  • Stylianos Gonatas (1876–1966): Greek colonel and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Greece.
  • Tachiyama Mineemon (1877–1941): Japanese sumo wrestler, 22nd Yokozuna.
  • Ethel Barrymore (1879–1959): American actress.
  • Alfred Wagenknecht (1881–1956): German American activist and politician.
  • Marion Bauer (1882–1955): American composer and critic.
  • Gisela Richter (1882–1972): English archaeologist and art historian.
  • Ivan Meštrović (1883–1962): Croatian sculptor and architect.
  • Edna Ferber (1885–1968): American novelist, short story writer, and playwright.
  • Bill Whitty (1886–1974): Australian cricketer.
  • Jacques Ibert (1890–1962): French composer and educator.
  • Louis de Broglie (1892–1987): French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Abraham Wachner (1892–1950): New Zealand politician, 35th Mayor of Invercargill.
  • Leslie Comrie (1893–1950): New Zealand astronomer and academic.
  • Gerty Cori (1896–1957): Czech American biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Catherine Doherty (1896–1985): Russian-Canadian activist, founder of the Madonna House Apostolate.
  • Paul Outerbridge (1896–1958): American photographer and educator.
  • Jan Brzechwa (1898–1966): Polish author and poet.
  • Estelle Brody (1900–1995): American silent film actress.
  • Jack Tworkov (1900–1982): Polish American painter and educator.

1901–present

  • Arnulfo Arias Madrid: 21st president of the Republic of Panamá (1901–1988)
  • Pyotr Novikov: Russian mathematician and theorist (1901–1975)
  • Jan Campert: Dutch journalist and critic (1902–1943)
  • George Klein: Canadian inventor, invented the motorized wheelchair (1904–1992)
  • Hugo Winterhalter: American composer and bandleader (1909–1973)
  • Julia Child: American chef and author (1912–2004)
  • Wendy Hiller: English actress (1912–2003)
  • Paul Rand: American graphic designer and art director (1914–1996)
  • Signe Hasso: Swedish-American actress (1915–2002)
  • Aleks Çaçi: Albanian journalist and author (1916–1989)
  • Jack Lynch: Irish footballer and politician, 5th Taoiseach of Ireland (1917–1999)
  • Óscar Romero: Salvadoran archbishop (1917–1980)
  • Huntz Hall: American actor (1919–1999)
  • Benedict Kiely: Irish journalist and author (1919–2007)
  • Judy Cassab: AustrianAustralian painter (1920–2008)
  • August Kowalczyk: Polish actor and director (1921–2012)
  • Leonard Baskin: American sculptor and illustrator (1922–2000)
  • Giorgos Mouzakis: Greek trumpet player and composer (1922–2005)
  • Sabino Barinaga: Spanish footballer and manager (1922–1988)
  • Rose Marie: American actress and singer (1923–2017)
  • Robert Bolt: English playwright and screenwriter (1924–1995)
  • Hedy Epstein: German-American Holocaust survivor and activist (1924–2016)
  • Yoshirō Muraki: Japanese production designer, art director, and fashion designer (1924–2009)
  • Phyllis Schlafly: American lawyer, writer, and political activist (1924–2016)
  • Mike Connors: American actor and producer (1925–2017)
  • Rose Maddox: American singer-songwriter and fiddle player (1925–1998)
  • Oscar Peterson: Canadian pianist and composer (1925–2007)
  • Bill Pinkney: American singer (1925–2007)
  • Erik Schmidt: Swedish Estonian painter and author (1925–2014)
  • Julius Katchen: American pianist and composer (1926–1969)
  • Eddie Little Sky: American actor (1926–1997)
  • Sami Michael: IraqiIsraeli author and playwright (born 1926)
  • John Silber: American philosopher and academic (1926–2012)
  • Konstantinos Stephanopoulos: Greek lawyer and politician, 6th President of Greece (1926–2016)
  • Eddie Leadbeater: English cricketer (1927–2011)
  • Oliver Popplewell: English cricketer and judge (born 1927)
  • Carl Joachim Classen: German scholar and academic (1928–2013)
  • Malcolm Glazer: American businessman (1928–2014)
  • Nicolas Roeg: English director and cinematographer (1928–2018)
  • Ernest C. Brace: American captain and pilot (1931–2014)
  • Richard F. Heck: American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (1931–2015)
  • Abby Dalton: American actress (born 1932)
  • Robert L. Forward: American physicist and engineer (1932–2002)
  • Jim Lange: American game show host and DJ (1932–2014)
  • Johan Steyn, Baron Steyn: South African English lawyer and judge (1932–2017)
  • Bobby Helms: American singer-songwriter and guitarist (1933–1997)
  • Stanley Milgram: American social psychologist (1933–1984)
  • Mike Seeger: American folk musician and folklorist (1933–2009)
  • Bobby Byrd: American singer-songwriter and producer (1934–2007)
  • Reginald Scarlett: Jamaican cricketer and coach (1934–2019)
  • Valentin Varlamov: Soviet pilot and cosmonaut instructor (1934–1980)
  • Jim Dale: English actor, narrator, singer, director, and composer (born 1935)
  • Régine Deforges: French author, playwright, and director (1935–2014)
  • Pat Priest: American actress (born 1936)
  • Rita Shane: American soprano and educator (1936–2014)
  • Stephen Breyer: American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (born 1938)
  • Stix Hooper: American jazz drummer (born 1938)
  • Pran Kumar Sharma: Indian cartoonist (1938–2014)
  • Maxine Waters: American educator and politician (born 1938)
  • Janusz Zajdel: Polish engineer and author (1938–1985)
  • Gudrun Ensslin: German militant leader, founded Red Army Faction (1940–1977)
  • Jim Brothers: American sculptor (1941–2013)
  • Don Rich: American country musician (1941–1974)
  • Pete York: English rock drummer (born 1942)
  • Eileen Bell: Northern Irish civil servant and politician, 2nd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly (born 1943)
  • Dimitris Sioufas: Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister of Health (1944–2019)
  • Khaleda Zia: Bangladeshi politician, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (born 1945)
  • Jimmy Webb: American singer-songwriter and pianist (born 1946)
  • Rakhee Gulzar: Indian film actress (born 1947)
  • Patsy Gallant: Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (born 1948)
  • Tom Johnston: American singer-songwriter and guitarist (born 1948)
  • Phyllis Smith: American actress (born 1949)
  • Tommy Aldridge: American drummer (born 1950)
  • Tess Harper: American actress (born 1950)
  • Tom Kelly: American baseball player (born 1950)
  • Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom: (born 1950)
  • Ann Biderman: American screenwriter and producer (born 1951)
  • Bobby Caldwell: American singer-songwriter (1951–2023)
  • John Childs: English cricketer (born 1951)
  • Chuck Burgi: American drummer (born 1952)
  • Carol Thatcher: English journalist and author (born 1953)
  • Mark Thatcher: English businessman (born 1953)
  • Wolfgang Hohlbein: German author (born 1953)
  • Stieg Larsson: Swedish journalist and author (1954–2004)
  • Lorraine Desmarais: Canadian pianist and composer (born 1956)
  • Freedom Neruda: Ivorian journalist (born 1956)
  • Robert Syms: English businessman and politician (born 1956)
  • Željko Ivanek: SlovenianAmerican actor (born 1957)
  • Craig MacTavish: Canadian ice hockey player and coach (born 1958)
  • Simple Kapadia: Indian actress and costume designer (1958–2009)
  • Victor Shenderovich: Russian journalist and radio host (born 1958)
  • Rondell Sheridan: American actor and comedian (born 1958)
  • Scott Altman: American captain, pilot, and astronaut (born 1959)
  • Ed Gillespie: American political strategist (born 1961)
  • Matt Johnson: English singer-songwriter and musician (born 1961)
  • Gary Kubiak: American football player and coach (born 1961)
  • Suhasini Maniratnam: Indian actress and screenwriter (born 1961)
  • Tom Colicchio: American chef and author (born 1962)
  • Rıdvan Dilmen: Turkish footballer and manager (born 1962)
  • Inês Pedrosa: Portuguese writer (born 1962)
  • Vilja SavisaarToomast: Estonian lawyer and politician (born 1962)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu: Mexican director, producer, and screenwriter (born 1963)
  • Simon Hart: Welsh soldier and politician (born 1963)
  • Jack Russell: England cricketer and coach (born 1963)
  • Jane Ellison: English lawyer and politician (born 1964)
  • Melinda Gates: American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (born 1964)
  • Rob Thomas: American author, screenwriter, and producer (born 1965)
  • Scott Brosius: American baseball player and coach (born 1966)
  • Dimitris Papadopoulos: Greek basketball player and coach (born 1966)
  • Tony Hand: Scottish ice hockey player and coach (born 1967)
  • Peter Hermann: American actor (born 1967)
  • Debra Messing: American actress (born 1968)
  • Bernard Fanning: Australian singer-songwriter (born 1969)
  • Carlos Roa: Argentine footballer (born 1969)
  • Anthony Anderson: American comedian, actor, and producer (born 1970)
  • Ben Silverman: American actor, producer, and screenwriter, founded Electus Studios (born 1970)
  • Adnan Sami: Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist, and actor (born 1971)
  • Jim Burgener: American weightlifter (born 1972)
  • Germán Caffa: Argentine footballer (born 1972)
  • David Harrison: American basketball player (born 1972)
  • Siobhan Chamberlain: English association football goalkeeper (born 1983)
  • Jarrod Dyson: American baseball player (born 1984)
  • Nipsey Hussle: American rapper (1985–2019)
  • Emily Kinney: American actress, singer, and songwriter (born 1985)
  • Ryan D’Imperio: American football player (born 1987)
  • Michel Kreder: Dutch cyclist (born 1987)
  • Sean McAllister: English footballer (born 1987)
  • Oussama Assaidi: Moroccan footballer (born 1989)
  • Joe Jonas: American singer-songwriter (born 1989)
  • Ryan McGowan: Australian footballer (born 1989)
  • Carlos PenaVega: American actor and singer (born 1989)
  • Jordan Rapana: New Zealand rugby league player (born 1989)
  • Jennifer Lawrence: American actress (born 1990)
  • Petja Piiroinen: Finnish snowboarder (born 1991)
  • Baskaran Adhiban: Indian chess player (born 1992)
  • Matthew Judon: American football player (born 1992)
  • Rieah Holder: Barbadian netball player (born 1993)
  • Clinton N’Jie: Cameroonian footballer (born 1993)
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: English footballer (born 1993)
  • Lasse Vigen Christensen: Danish footballer (born 1994)
  • Kosuke Hagino: Japanese swimmer (born 1994)
  • Chief Keef: American rapper (born 1995)
  • Paola Reis: BMX rider (born 1999)
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15 August Death - World Wide

Pre-1600

  •  398: Lan Han, Official of the Xianbei state Later Yan
  •  423: Honorius, Roman Emperor (b. 384)
  •  465: Libius Severus, Roman Emperor (b. 420)
  •  698: Theodotus of Amida, Syrian Orthodox Holy Man
  •  767: Abu Hanifa, Iraqi Scholar and Educator (b. 699)
  •  778: Roland, Frankish Military Leader
  •  873: Yi Zong, Chinese Emperor (b. 833)
  •  874: Altfrid, Bishop of Hildesheim
  •  912: Han Jian, Chinese Warlord (b. 855)
  •  932: Ma Xisheng, Chinese Governor and King (b. 899)
  •  978: Li Yu, Ruler (‘King’) of Southern Tang
  •  986: Minnborinus, Irish Missionary and Abbot
  •  1022: Nikephoros Phokas Barytrachelos, Byzantine Rebel
  •  1038: Stephen I, Hungarian King (b. 975)
  •  1057: Macbeth, King of Scotland
  •  1118: Alexios I Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1048)
  •  1196: Conrad II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1173)
  •  1224: Marie of France, Duchess of Brabant (b. 1198)
  •  1257: Saint Hyacinth of Poland
  •  1274: Robert de Sorbon, French Theologian and Educator, Founded the College of Sorbonne (b. 1201)
  •  1275: Lorenzo Tiepolo, Doge of Venice
  •  1328: Yesün Temür, Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (b. 1293)
  •  1369: Philippa of Hainault, Queen Consort of Edward III of England (b. 1314)
  •  1388: Adalbertus Ranconis de Ericinio, Bohemian Theologian and Rector of the University of Paris (b. circa 1320)
  •  1399: Ide Pedersdatter Falk, Danish Noblewoman (b. 1358)
  •  1496: Infanta Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León (b. 1428)
  •  1506: Alexander Agricola, Flemish Composer (b. c. 1445)
  •  1507: John V, Duke of SaxeLauenburg (b. 1439)
  •  1528: Odet of Foix, Viscount of Lautrec, French General (b. 1485)
  •  1552: Hermann of Wied, German Archbishop (b. 1477)
  • 1594: Thomas Kyd, English Playwright (b. 1558)

1601–1900

  •  1621: John Barclay, Scottish Poet and Author (b. 1582)
  •  1666: Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Missionary and Astronomer (b. 1591)
  •  1714: Constantin Brâncoveanu, Romanian Prince (b. 1654)
  •  1728: Marin Marais, French Viol Player and Composer (b. 1656)
  •  1758: Pierre Bouguer, French Mathematician, Geophysicist, and Astronomer (b. 1698)
  •  1799: Giuseppe Parini, Italian Poet and Author (b. 1729)
  •  1844: José María Coppinger, Governor of Spanish East Florida (b. 1733)
  •  1852: Johan Gadolin, Finnish Chemist, Physicist, and Mineralogist (b. 1760)
  • 1859: Nathaniel Claiborne, American Farmer and Politician (b. 1777)

1901–present

  •  1907: Joseph Joachim, Hungarian Violinist, Composer, and Conductor (b. 1831)
  •  1909: Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian Sociologist and Journalist (b. 1866)
  •  1917: Thomas J. Higgins, American Sergeant, Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1831)
  •  1925: Konrad Mägi, Estonian Painter and Educator (b. 1878)
  •  1928: Anatole von Hügel, Italian Ethnologist and Academic, Cofounded St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (b. 1854)
  •  1935: Wiley Post, American Pilot (b. 1898)
  •  1935: Will Rogers, American Actor, Comedian, and Screenwriter (b. 1879)
  •  1935: Paul Signac, French Painter and Author (b. 1863)
  •  1936: Grazia Deledda, Italian Novelist and Poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1871)
  •  1942: Mahadev Desai, Indian Activist and Author (b. 1892)
  •  1945: Korechika Anami, Japanese General and Politician, 54th Japanese Minister of the Army (b. 1887)
  •  1945: Fred Hockley, English Lieutenant and Pilot (b. 1923)
  •  1951: Artur Schnabel, Polish Pianist and Composer (b. 1882)
  •  1953: Ludwig Prandtl, German Physicist and Engineer (b. 1875)
  •  1962: Lei Feng, Chinese Soldier (b. 1940)
  •  1967: René Magritte, Belgian Painter (b. 1898)
  •  1971: Paul Lukas, HungarianAmerican Actor (b. 1887)
  •  1975: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bengali Politician, 1st President of Bangladesh (b. 1920)
  •  1975: Clay Shaw, American Businessman (b. 1913)
  •  1975: Harun Karadeniz, Turkish Political Activist and Author (b. 1942)
  •  1981: Carol Ryrie Brink, American Author (b. 1895)
  •  1981: Jørgen Løvset, Norwegian Gynaecologist and Academic (b. 1896)
  •  1982: Ernie Bushmiller, American Cartoonist (b. 1905)
  •  1982: Jock Taylor, Scottish Motorcycle Sidecar Racer (b. 1954)
  •  1982: Hugo Theorell, Swedish Biochemist and Academic, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  •  1989: Minoru Genda, Japanese General, Pilot, and Politician (b. 1904)
  •  1989: Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, Greek General and Diplomat (b. 1897)
  •  1990: Viktor Tsoi, Russian Musician and Actor (b. 1962)
  •  1992: Linda Laubenstein, American Physician and Academic (b. 1947)
  •  1994: Wout Wagtmans, Dutch Cyclist (b. 1929)
  •  1995: John Cameron Swayze, American Journalist and Actor (b. 1906)
  •  1997: Ida Gerhardt, Dutch Poet and Educator (b. 1905)
  •  1999: Hugh Casson, English Architect and Interior Designer (b. 1910)
  •  2000: Lancelot Ware, English Barrister and Biochemist, Cofounder of Mensa (b. 1915)
  •  2001: Yavuz Çetin, Turkish SingerSongwriter (b. 1970)
  •  2001: Richard Chelimo, Kenyan Runner (b. 1972)
  •  2001: Kateryna Yushchenko, Ukrainian Computer Scientist and Academic (b. 1919)
  •  2004: Sune Bergström, Swedish Biochemist and Academic, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  •  2004: Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian Politician, 8th Chief Minister of Gujarat (b. 1941)
  •  2005: Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian Dermatologist and Academic (b. 1927)
  •  2006: Te Atairangikaahu, New Zealand Queen (b. 1931)
  •  2006: Rick Bourke, Australian Rugby League Player (b. 1955)
  •  2006: Coenraad Bron, Dutch Computer Scientist and Academic (b. 1937)
  •  2006: Faas Wilkes, Dutch Footballer and Manager (b. 1923)
  •  2007: Richard Bradshaw, English Conductor and Director (b. 1944)
  •  2007: John Gofman, American Biologist, Chemist, and Physicist (b. 1918)
  •  2007: Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand Physician (b. 1908)
  •  2007: Sam Pollock, Canadian Businessman (b. 1925)
  •  2008: Vic Toweel, South AfricanAustralian Boxer (b. 1929)
  •  2008: Jerry Wexler, American Journalist and Producer (b. 1917)
  •  2011: Rick Rypien, Canadian Ice Hockey Player (b. 1984)
  •  2012: Bob Birch, American Bass Player and Saxophonist (b. 1956)
  •  2012: Altamiro Carrilho, Brazilian Flute Player and Composer (b. 1924)
  •  2012: Harry Harrison, American Author and Illustrator (b. 1925)
  •  2013: Rosalía Mera, Spanish Businesswoman, Cofounded Inditex and Zara (b. 1944)
  •  2013: Sławomir Mrożek, PolishFrench Author and Playwright (b. 1930)
  •  2013: Marich Man Singh Shrestha, Nepali Politician, 28th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1942)
  •  2013: August Schellenberg, Canadian Actor (b. 1936)
  •  2014: Licia Albanese, ItalianAmerican Soprano and Actress (b. 1909)
  •  2015: Julian Bond, American Academic, Civil Rights Movement Leader, and Politician (b. 1940)
  •  2015: Hamid Gul, Pakistani General (b. 1936)
  •  2017: Gunnar Birkerts, LatvianAmerican Architect (b. 1925)
  •  2020: Robert Trump, American RealEstate Developer and Business Executive (b. 1948)
  • 2021: Gerd Müller, German Footballer (b. 1945)

15 August Holidays- World Wide

Poland observes Armed Forces Day, along with various religious and cultural celebrations worldwide. These include Christian feast days such as Altfrid and Alypius of Thagaste, as well as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, recognized as a public holiday in numerous countries including Austria, Belgium, Italy, and Spain, among others.

Additionally, August 15th marks the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos for Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as Ferragosto in Italy, Lady’s Day in Ireland, and Māras in Latvia.

Other notable observances on this day include National Acadian Day, Navy Day in Romania, Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands, and various folk Catholic celebrations like San La Muerte in Paraguay and Santa Muerte in Mexico.

Furthermore, it commemorates significant historical events such as the founding of Asunción in Paraguay, Independence Day for Korea from Japan in 1945, and for India from the United Kingdom in 1947, as well as the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.

In addition, Liechtenstein celebrates its National Day, Bangladesh observes National Day of Mourning, and Egypt and the Coptic Church mark the first day of the Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil. The day also holds cultural significance with events like the Bon Festival in Japan, including the Awa Dance Festival in Tokushima Prefecture. Moreover, the United Kingdom observes Victory over Japan Day, alongside Japan’s End-of-war Memorial Day.

August Month

August 15 holds a special place in history for several nations across the globe. Notably, it marks India’s Independence Day, commemorating the nation’s freedom from British rule in 1947. This significant milestone in India’s journey towards self-governance is celebrated with great fervor and patriotism, marked by flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural events, and parades showcasing the country’s diverse heritage. Additionally, August 15 is also observed as Victory over Japan Day in several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, commemorating the end of World War II in the Pacific. This day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by countless individuals during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern history.

Beyond its historical significance, August embodies a transitional period in many regions, marking the end of summer in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of autumnal preparations. As temperatures gradually cool and days grow shorter, August serves as a time for reflection and anticipation for the months ahead. It’s a time when communities come together for outdoor festivities, from county fairs to music festivals, cherishing the final days of warmth before the arrival of fall. Moreover, August symbolizes a time of renewal and growth, both in nature and in personal endeavors, as individuals set goals and aspirations for the remainder of the year.

In essence, August 15 encapsulates a blend of historical remembrance and seasonal transition, serving as a reminder of the resilience of nations and the cyclical nature of time. Whether celebrating independence, reflecting on past triumphs, or embracing the changing seasons, this day holds significance for people around the world, fostering a sense of unity and hope for the future.

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