What Happened on August 15, 2008

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discover the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa

Famous Deaths

  • James Orthwein, American businessman
  • Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion