August 15: Day of the Week
August 15, 2019 was the 227th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 138 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac 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.
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August 15 Historical Event(s)
- 1281Mongol invasion of Japan: The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a “divine wind” for the second time in the Battle of Kōan.
- 1461The 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.
- 1599Nine 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.
- 1695French forces end the Bombardment of Brussels, leaving a third of the buildings in the city in ruins.
- 1914The First Russian Army, led by Pavel Rennenkampf, enters Eastern Prussia.
- 1940An 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.
- 1941Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason.
- 1944World War II: Operation Dragoon – Allied forces land in southern France.
- 1945World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war.
- 1975Miki Takeo makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.
Who were born on August 15?
- 1885Edna Ferber, American novelist (d. 1968)
- 1892Louis, 7th duc de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1987)
- 1914Paul Rand, American graphic designer (d. 1996)
- 1926Costis Stephanopoulos, Greek politician
- 1934Bobby Byrd, American soul/funk singer (d. 2007)
- 1946Tony Robinson, English actor and television presenter
- 1962Tom Colicchio, American chef
- 1969Kevin Cheng, Hong Kong actor and singer
- 1981Oliver Perez, American baseball player
- 1989Belinda, Mexican singer
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