August 15: Day of the Week
August 15, 2020 was the 228th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 138 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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)
- 1018Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinds and captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, thereby ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II’s conquest of Bulgaria.
- 1040King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.
- 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.
- 1540Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
- 1914The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.
- 1948The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.
- 1963Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
- 1965The 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.
- 1971President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
- 1974Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
Who were born on August 15?
- 1798Sangolli Rayanna, a prominent freedom fighter from Karnataka, India (d. 1831)
- 1878Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel, Russian counter-revolutionary (d. 1928)
- 1896Leon Theremin, Russian inventor (d. 1993)
- 1946Jimmy Webb, American musician and composer
- 1950Tommy Aldridge, American musician
- 1951John Childs, England cricketer
- 1958Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (d. 2010)
- 1961Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
- 1972Chris Morrissey, American film director/actor
- 1975Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
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