About August 15

August 15, 2024 is the 228th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 138 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Leo is the sun 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 167 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 15

  • 778
    The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
  • 927
    The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 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.)
  • 1461
    The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
  • 1519
    Panama City, Panama, is founded.
  • 1537
    Asunción, Paraguay, is founded.
  • 1540
    Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
  • 1843
    Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1863
    The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • 1869
    The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.
  • 1907
    Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
  • 1914
    A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.
  • 1914
    The First Russian Army, led by Pavel Rennenkampf, enters Eastern Prussia.
  • 1940
    An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbour during peacetime, marking the most serious Italian provocation prior to the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in October.
  • 1947
    Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor General of Pakistan in Karachi.
  • 1965
    The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, in an event later seen as marking the birth of stadium rock.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
  • 1975
    Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
  • 1984
    The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military
  • 1998
    Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles

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