Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Saturday, August 15, 1998
Thursday, August 15, 1996
Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United States, and Jack Kemp for Vice President, at the Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
F. W. de Klerk becomes the seventh and last State President of apartheid South Africa.
Wednesday, August 15, 1973
The U.S. bombing of Cambodia
ends, officially halting 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia.
August 18 ndash The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
August 15 – The United Kingdom Marine Broadcasting Offences Act declares participation in offshore pirate radio illegal. Radio Caroline defies the Act and continues broadcasting.
The Beatles perform the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing before 55,600 persons at Shea Stadium in New York City.
Thursday, August 15, 1963
Wednesday, August 15, 1962
The Beatles drummer Pete Best is fired and replaced by Ringo Starr.
Algeria joins the Arab League.
parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico
at an aititude of about 102,800 feet (31,333 meters). Kittinger set unbeaten () world records for: high-altitude jump free-fall
by falling 16.0 miles (25.7 kilometers) before opening his parachute and the fastest speed attained by a human being without mechanical or chemical assistance, about 982 k.p.h (614 m.p.h.). Kittinger survived more or less uninjured, and he is still alive in Florida as of 2012.
becomes independent from France.
Middle Congo becomes independent from France, as Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).
Cold War: In Moscow, the American U - 2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage.
Saturday, August 15, 1959
Columbia Records releases Miles Davis' groundbreaking album, "Kind of Blue".
Cyprus gains independence.
An earthquake and floods in Assam
, India kill 574 and leave 5,000,000 homeless.
The Republic of Korea is established.
WWII: Operation Dragoon lands Allies in southern France. The U.S. Army 45th Infantry Division participates in its fourth assault landing at St. Maxime, spearheading the drive for the Belfort Gap.
Saturday, August 15, 1942
The U.S. Navy blimp "L-8
" (Flight 101) comes ashore near San Francisco, eventually coming down in Daly City
(the crew is missing).
MGM's classic musical film "The Wizard of Oz", based on L. Frank Baum's famous novel, and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Thursday, August 15, 1935
Irish War of Independence: The town hall of Templemore, Ireland, is burned down during the riots.
Wednesday, August 15, 1894
area became a British
Protectorate after a treaty signed by Fijabi, the Baale of Ibadan
with the British
acting Governor of Lagos
, George C. Denton.
Thursday, August 15, 1867
August 15 ndash Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
September ndash"The Economist
" newspaper is first published in London.
Thursday, August 15, 1822
Cardinal de Rohan is called before the court to account for his actions in the Queen's Necklace Affair.
Thursday, August 15, 1776
Saturday, August 15, 1722
France under Louis XIV makes the Truce of Ratisbon
separately with the Holy Roman Empire (Habsburg) and Spain.
First Battle of Curlew Pass: Irish forces defeat the English.
Saturday, August 15, 1592
or 19) ndash The Portuguese galleon "Madre de Deus
", laden with treasure, is captured by English privateers.
Saturday, August 5, 1559 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, August 5, 1537 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, August 5, 1519 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, August 5, 1517 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, August 5, 1511 (Julianian calendar)
ndash Capture of Malacca
: Afonso de Albuquerque
, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca
, giving Portugal
control over the Strait of Malacca
, through which all sea-going trade between China and India is concentrated. The Sultanate then establishes rule from Johor
, starting decades of skirmishes against the Portuguese to regain the fallen city. While taking the city, the Portuguese slaughter a large community of Chinese
merchants living there.Mentioned by Zhang Xie writing a century later. Malacca
is the first city in Southeast Asia
to be taken by a Western nation, gaining home rule only in 1957
when it becomes part of Malaysia
Thursday, August 6, 1461 (Julianian calendar)
François Villon writes "Le Grand Testament".
Thursday, August 6, 1444 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, August 7, 1343 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, August 7, 1342 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, August 7, 1309 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, August 8, 1261 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, August 8, 1249 (Julianian calendar)
Alphonse of Toulouse orders the expulsion of Jews from Poitou, France.
Swedish statesman Birger Jarl subjugates the province of Tavastia in Finland, securing Swedish power in Finland.
The city of Stralsund (in present-day Germany) is burned to the ground by forces from the rival city of Lübeck.
Saturday, August 8, 1248 (Julianian calendar)
Construction on the Alhambra palace, in Granada, Spain, is begun by the Nasrids.
King Louis IX of France launches the Seventh Crusade, leading an army of 20,000 toward Egypt.
The foundation stone of the Cologne cathedral
is laid after an older cathedral on the site burns down on April 30
. Construction is completed 632 years later, in 1880.
Roger Bacon publishes the formula for black powder in Europe.
Sunday, August 8, 1193 (Julianian calendar)
On his return from the Third Crusade
, Richard the Lionheart is captured by his personal enemy, Leopold V, Duke of Austria
."King John" by Warren. Published by University of California Press in 1961. p. 44
Thursday, August 8, 1185 (Julianian calendar)
The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
Saturday, August 9, 1040 (Julianian calendar)
Printing using woodblocks is invented in China
King Duncan I
is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth
, who succeeds him as King of Scotland.
Friday, August 10, 927 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, August 11, 797 (Julianian calendar)
Irene of Athens
's orders are carried out her son is blinded, and she is declared empress the next day.
Tuesday, August 11, 778 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, August 11, 717 (Julianian calendar)
Maslamah ibn Abd al-Malik begins the Second Arab siege of Constantinople, which will last for nearly a year.
Monday, August 12, 636 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, August 14, 465 (Julianian calendar)
, "de facto" ruler, establishes political control for 2 years at his residence in Rome
Tuesday, August 14, 423 (Julianian calendar)
The Pannonian Ostrogoths who have been settled in Thrace south of the Danube (see 421) by Theodosius II organize a farmers' strike. Only payment of amounts to a huge farm loan prevents them from occupying Rome.
, age 38, dies at Ravenna
, perhaps pulmonary edema
. With no children to claim the throne, Joannes
, "primicerius notariorum
" (chief notary, head of the civil service
), seizes the throne of the Western Roman Empire
, and is declared emperor. Among the supporters are Flavius Aetius, Roman general ("magister militum"). Joannes
' rule is accepted in the diocese
s of Gaul
, but not in Africa
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