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Sunday August 15, 2021

August 15: Day of the Week

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

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

August 2021

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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)

  • 293 BC
    The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is dedicated.
  • 1018
    Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinds and captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, thereby ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II’s conquest of Bulgaria.
  • 1040
    King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 1540
    Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japan surrenders to end the war.
  • 1969
    The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens.
  • 2005
    Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan to evict all Israelis from the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in the northern West Bank begins.

Who were born on August 15?

  • 1785
    Thomas De Quincey, English author (d. 1859)
  • 1914
    Paul Rand, American graphic designer (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Bill Pinkney, American baritone singer (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1934
    Bobby Byrd, American soul/funk singer (d. 2007)
  • 1934
    Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1947
    Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress
  • 1970
    Maddie Corman, American actress
  • 1973
    Adnan Sami, British-born Pakastani music composer and singer
  • 1975
    Brendan Morrison, Canadian hockey player

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