About August 15

August 15, 2021 is the 227th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 138 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 170 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 15

  • 293 BC
    The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is dedicated.
  • 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.)
  • 1261
    Michael VIII Palaeologus is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
  • 1430
    Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
  • 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.
  • 1517
    Seven Portuguese armed vessels led by Fernão Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.
  • 1537
    Asunción, Paraguay, is founded.
  • 1540
    Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • 1920
    Battle of Warsaw so called Miracle at the Vistula.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.
  • 1952
    A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England, killing 34 people.
  • 1954
    Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
  • 1963
    President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
  • 1971
    Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1971
    President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
  • 1974
    Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
  • 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.

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