15 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • St. Antony of Padua, 1195
  • Frederick William I, King of Prussia, 1688
  • Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769
  • Sir Walter Scott, 1771
  • Thomas de Quincey, 1785
  • Walter Crane, 1845
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1875
  • Ethel Barrymore, 1879
  • Edna Ferber, 1887
  • T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia), 1888
  • Bil Baird, 1904
  • Julia Child, 1912
  • Wendy Hiller, 1912
  • Mike Connors, 1921
  • Phyllis Schlafly, 1924
  • Robert Bolt, 1924
  • Oscar Peterson, 1925
  • Tom Mboya, 1930
  • Jim Dale, 1935
  • Vernon Jordan, 1935
  • Linda Ellerbee, 1944
  • Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, 1950
  • Debra Messing, 1968
  • Ben Affleck, 1972

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Stephen I, 1038
  • Macbeth, King of Scotland, 1057
  • Wiley Post killed, 1935
  • Will Rogers killed, 1935
  • Artur Schnabel, 1951
  • René Magritte, 1967
  • Oscar Levant, 1972
  • John Cameron Swayze, 1995

Today's Events:

  • 1057 - Macbeth mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan, Scotland; Victorious was future King Malcolm III.
  • 1237 - City of Berlin founded.
  • 1635 - First recorded hurricane in America near Plymouth rock.
  • 1790 - John Carroll consecrated as first Catholic bishop in America in chapel at Dorset, England.
  • 1843 - Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen open for business with special guest Hans Christian Andersen.
  • 1848 - The dental chair patented by designer M. Waldo Hanchett of Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 1914 - Panama Canal officially opened; first passage from Atlantic to Pacific Oceans made by SS Ancon.
  • 1935 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post go down in airplane.
  • 1939 - 'Wizard of Oz' premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.
  • 1945 - V-J Day. Allied victory over Japan in World War II. WWII
  • 1947 - After 200 years of British rule, India and Pakistan become independent.
  • 1969 - Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens, 450,000 rock fans gather in fields of alfalfa near Bethel, N.Y.
  • 1998 - Real IRA strikes Omagh in Northern Ireland killing 29; worst single atrocity in Northern Ireland's troubles.
  • 2003 - Biggest power cut in history at 16:10 (2010GMT) in Eastern US and Canada; 50 million affected.
  • 2007 - Devastating 7.9 earthquake hits coast of Peru killing 350+; epicenter in Pacific Ocean 90 miles southeast of Lima.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Tarsicius
  • The Blessed Virgin Mary

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Bahrain (1971), Congo (1960), India (1947)
  • Foundation Day in Panama City
  • Liberation Day South Korea (1948)
  • Assumption Day celebrated

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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