Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Week 34)

August 15 in History

What happened on August 15 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on august 15 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on august 15 in history.

2007
An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru.
2001
Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own; two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
1994
US Social Security Administration, previously part of the Department of Health and Human Services, becomes an independent government agency.
1994
The infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal is captured in Khartoum, Sudan.
1986
Ignoring objections from President Ronald Reagan‘s Administration, the US Senate approves economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country’s apartheid policies.
1971
US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation.
1969
Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York.
1950
Two U.S. divisions are badly mauled by the North Korean Army at the Battle of the Bowling Alley in South Korea, which rages on for five more days.
1947
Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.
1945
Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States.
1944
American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.
1942
The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests.
1935
American comedian and “cowboy philosopher” Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
1914
The Panama Canal opens to traffic.
1872
The first ballot voting in England is conducted.
1864
The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.
1760
Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1598
Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford.
1385
John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
1261
Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.

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