What Happened on August 15th

Historical Events

  • 1461 Empire of Trebizond surrenders to forces of Sultan Mehmet II - last Byzantine Empire remnant to fall. Emperor David exiled and later murdered.
  • 1620 Mayflower sets sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims
  • 1900 The Boxer Rebellion: In China, the Empress, her family and court retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to quell the rebellion
  • 1947 India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950
  • 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm
  • 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
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Did You Know?

King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as in Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.

On August 15, 1040

Famous Weddings

  • 1958 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago
  • 1985 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa
  • 1992 Actress Susan Anton marries actor Jeff Lester
  • 2004 Fashion designer and socialite Nicky Hilton (21) weds businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) at The Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2009 Charmed actress Alyssa Milano (39) weds CAA agent David Bugliari in Bernardsville, New Jersey
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