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Wednesday August 15, 2018

August 15: Day of the Week

August 15, 2018 was the 227th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 138 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

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

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

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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)

  • 1248
    The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
  • 1261
    Michael VIII Palaeologus is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
  • 1281
    Mongol invasion of Japan: The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a “divine wind” for the second time in the Battle of Kōan.
  • 1914
    The First Russian Army, led by Pavel Rennenkampf, enters Eastern Prussia.
  • 1973
    Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.
  • 1975
    Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
  • 1977
    The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the “Wow! signal” from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.
  • 1995
    In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
  • 1998
    Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
  • 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?

  • 1844
    Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1908)
  • 1858
    E. Nesbit, English author (d. 1924)
  • 1910
    Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (d. 2002)
  • 1922
    Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek songwriter and musician (d. 2005)
  • 1949
    Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor
  • 1957
    Željko Ivanek, Slovenian-American actor
  • 1969
    Bernard Fanning, Australian singer/songwriter (Powderfinger)
  • 1973
    Adnan Sami, British-born Pakastani music composer and singer
  • 1974
    Tomasz Suwary, Polish footballer
  • 1980
    Nathalie Press, English actress

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