August 15th Events

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August 15th, 2007 (August 15 2007)EventAn 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
August 15th, 1999 (August 15 1999)EventBeni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.
August 15th, 1998 (August 15 1998)EventOmagh bomb in Northern Ireland, becoming the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
August 15th, 1995 (August 15 1995)EventIn South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel, but drops out in less than a week.
August 15th, 1984 (August 15 1984)EventPKK, Kurdish people in Turkey gain arms and start a Guerrilla warfare campaign against the Turkish military
August 15th, 1977 (August 15 1977)EventThe Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by The Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" for notation made by a volunteer on the project.
August 15th, 1975 (August 15 1975)EventMilitary coup in Bangladesh. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman killed along with all family members, except Haseena Wajid.
August 15th, 1975 (August 15 1975)EventMiki Takeo makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by a sitting prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.
August 15th, 1974 (August 15 1974)EventSeoul Subway Line 1 opened, between Seoul Station and Cheongnyangni Station
August 15th, 1974 (August 15 1974)EventYuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea is killed amid an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee, during the anniversarial ceremony of the Liberation day.
August 15th, 1974 (August 15 1974)EventTurkish invasion of Cyprus continues, and the 37% of the island is now under Turkish control.
August 15th, 1973 (August 15 1973)EventVietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.
August 15th, 1971 (August 15 1971)EventPresident Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
August 15th, 1969 (August 15 1969)EventThe Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens.
August 15th, 1965 (August 15 1965)EventThe Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, marking the birth of stadium rock.
August 15th, 1962 (August 15 1962)EventJames Joseph Dresnok defected to the Democratic People s Republic of Korea, running across the Korean DMZ. Dresnok still resides in the capital, Pyongyang.
August 15th, 1961 (August 15 1961)EventConrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
August 15th, 1961 (August 15 1961)EventKeiyo Road is specified to be the first driveway in Japan.
August 15th, 1960 (August 15 1960)EventRepublic of the Congo (Brazzaville) declares its independence from France.
August 15th, 1952 (August 15 1952)EventDevon, United Kingdom A flashflood drenches the town of Lynmouth, killing 34 people. Devo Quotes
August 15th, 1950 (August 15 1950)EventSrikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
August 15th, 1948 (August 15 1948)EventThe Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.
August 15th, 1947 (August 15 1947)EventIndia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes an independent nation within the Commonwealth , Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the nation with the Indian Declaration of Independence and takes office as the first Prime Minister of India.
August 15th, 1947 (August 15 1947)EventFounder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor General of Pakistan at Karachi.Muhammad Ali Quotes
August 15th, 1945 (August 15 1945)EventWorld War II: Victory over Japan DayJapan surrenders.
August 15th, 1945 (August 15 1945)EventWorld War II: Korean Liberation Day.
August 15th, 1944 (August 15 1944)EventWorld War II: Operation DragoonAllied forces land in southern France.
August 15th, 1942 (August 15 1942)EventWorld War II: Operation PedestalThe SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island defenses.
August 15th, 1939 (August 15 1939)Event13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. No survivors.
August 15th, 1935 (August 15 1935)EventWill Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.Will Rogers Quotes
August 15th, 1920 (August 15 1920)EventPolish-Soviet War: Battle of WarsawPoles defeat the Red Army.
August 15th, 1914 (August 15 1914)EventA male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright set fire to the living quarters of the architect s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murdered seven people, and burned the living quarters to the groundied in It is unknown if the servant was arrested or not.Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes
August 15th, 1914 (August 15 1914)EventThe Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon.
August 15th, 1891 (August 15 1891)EventSan Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
August 15th, 1869 (August 15 1869)EventMeiji government establishes six ministries below Pardication (ja:???) in the bottom of Cabinet, officer-of-Shinto-Worship, and jurisdiction of Cabinet.
August 15th, 1863 (August 15 1863)EventThe Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
August 15th, 1843 (August 15 1843)EventThe Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicatedied in Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
August 15th, 1843 (August 15 1843)EventTivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
August 15th, 1824 (August 15 1824)EventFreed American slaves form Liberia.
August 15th, 1760 (August 15 1760)EventSeven Years War: Battle of LiegnitzFrederick the Great s victory over the Austrians under Ernst von Laudon.
August 15th, 1599 (August 15 1599)EventNine Years War: Battle of Curlew PassIrish forces led by Hugh Roe O Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, were sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
August 15th, 1549 (August 15 1549)EventJesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: July 22, 1549).
August 15th, 1540 (August 15 1540)EventArequipa, Peru, is founded.
August 15th, 1537 (August 15 1537)EventAsuncion, Paraguay, is founded.
August 15th, 1534 (August 15 1534)EventSaint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates took initial vows that would lead to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September of 1540. Ignatius of Loyola Quotes
August 15th, 1519 (August 15 1519)EventPanama City, Panama, is founded.
August 15th, 1517 (August 15 1517)EventSeven Portuguese armed vessels led by Fernao Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.
August 15th, 1461 (August 15 1461)EventThe Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
August 15th, 1309 (August 15 1309)EventThe 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 as the Knights of Rhodes.
August 15th, 1261 (August 15 1261)EventMichael VIII Palaeologus is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
August 15th, 1248 (August 15 1248)EventThe foundation stone of the Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, was laidied in Construction eventually completed in 1880.
August 15th, 1185 (August 15 1185)EventThe cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
August 15th, 1057 (August 15 1057)EventKing Mac Bethad is killed in the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Mael Coluim mac Donnchada.
August 15th, 1040 (August 15 1040)EventKing Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.
August 15th, 0927 (August 15 0927)EventThe Saracens are conquered and destroyed Taranto.
August 15th, 0778 (August 15 0778)EventThe Battle of Roncevaux Pass, in which Roland is killed.

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