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.
  • 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
  • 1261
    Michael VIII Palaeologus is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
  • 1309
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1695
    French forces end the Bombardment of Brussels, leaving a third of the buildings in the city in ruins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    India gains Independence from the British Indian Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1948
    The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.
  • 1960
    Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
  • 1963
    President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
  • 1984
    The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military

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