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.
An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru.
Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own; two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
US Social Security Administration, previously part of the Department of Health and Human Services, becomes an independent government agency.
The infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal is captured in Khartoum, Sudan.
Ignoring objections from President Ronald Reagan‘s Administration, the US Senate approves economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country’s apartheid policies.
US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation.
Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York.
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.
Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.
Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States.
American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.
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.
American comedian and “cowboy philosopher” Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
The Panama Canal opens to traffic.
The first ballot voting in England is conducted.
The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.
Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.
Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford.
John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.