About August 15

August 15, 2020 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.

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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 181 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.
  • 927
    The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 982
    Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 1907
    Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, “Priest-Apostolic” to America and the West Indies.
  • 1914
    The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.
  • 1939
    13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. There are no survivors.
  • 1944
    World War II: Operation Dragoon – Allied forces land in southern France.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war.
  • 1947
    India gains Independence from the British Indian Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1954
    Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
  • 1960
    Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
  • 1961
    Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • 1963
    Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
  • 1971
    Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2007
    An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.

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