On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 2021

Historical Events

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital Kabul and take control

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls a snap election for 20 September, two years ahead of schedule

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Petrol tanker explosion kills 27 and injures 79 in al-Tleil, Lebanon, amid the country's continuing economic crisis

Famous Deaths

  • Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), dies at 79
  • Gerd Müller ["Der Bomber"], German soccer striker (62 caps; FIFA World Cup 1974; Bayern Munich 453 games, 398 goals), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • Joe Walton, American football coach (New York Jets 1983-89; Robert Morris University), dies at 85
2021 Highlights

About August 15, 2021

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 1 month and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Independence Day (India)

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo