On This Day

On This Day in History for August 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1958 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • 1960 Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 1960 UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 1961 Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
  • 1962 Netherlands & Indonesia sign accord over New Guinea
  • 1962 Shady Grove Baptist Church burned in Leesburg, Georgia
  • 1963 Fulbert Youlou resigns as President of Congo-Brazzaville
  • 1964 Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb) Ill
  • 1965 Japanese community of San Francisco holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick Park to honor 1st Japanese player to play in major leagues
  • 1966 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission

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1967 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • 1967 UK's Marine Offences Bill making pirate radio stations a crime goes into effect, pirate station Radio 355 closes down
  • 1968 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting

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1968 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1968 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1971 Bahrain gains independence from Britain

  • 1971 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins

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1971 US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1971 The Social Democratic and Labour Party announce a campaign of civil disobedience in response to the introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Black September kills 3 and wounds 55 in Athens
  • 1973 David Storey's "Cromwell" premieres in London
  • 1973 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1974 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1974 Hurricane/floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • 1974 South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination
  • 1975 Bangladesh military coup under Khondakar Moustaque Ahmed
  • 1975 Joanne Little acquitted of murder charges
  • 1975 Miki Takeo makes the first official pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine by an incumbent prime minister on the anniversary of the end of World War II.
  • 1977 Herbert Kappler, head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, escapes from prison hospital in Rome
  • 1977 "Wow" possible alien radio signal from deep space received at "The Big Ear", Ohio State's radio telescope in Delaware
  • 1978 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • 1979 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations
  • 1982 Equatorial Guinea adopts constitution
  • 1984 The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military

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1985 P. W. Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, disappointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1985 First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island

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1986 US President Ronald Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1987 At Pan Am games in Indianapolis, USA & Cuba are tied with 2 outs in 9th, Ty Griffin HR, Cuba 1st loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition
  • 1988 At 4PM LILCO consumers used a record 3,813 megawatts
  • 1988 NYC begins $70 million program to rebuild 900 Bronx apartments

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1989 F. W. de Klerk becomes President of South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1990 Phils Terry Mulholland no-hits Giants 6-0 (8th no hitter of 1990)
  • 1990 At least 150 people die in clashes between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party, South Africa
  • 1991 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1992 Colombo '92 closes in Genoa Italy
  • 1993 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapses for 2nd time
  • 1993 Televangelist Robert Tilton announces he is divorcing Marte

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1994 South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1994 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal, captured in Khartoum Sudan
  • 1995 "Macarena" single is released by Los del Rio
  • 1997 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts

Battle of InterestOmagh Bombing

1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220

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A man and a child (who both survived) stand next to the car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that exploded shortly after, killing 29 people. The photographer did not survive.
A man and a child (who both survived) stand next to the car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that exploded shortly after, killing 29 people. The photographer did not survive.
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  • 1999 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2006 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 2007 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  • 2008 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

  • 2009 Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009
  • 2013 20 people are killed and 200 are injured in an explosion in Beirut
  • 2015 North Korea creates its own time zone -moving its clocks back half an hour to GMT+8.5
  • 2017 Falling tree kills 13, injures 49 at a religious festival in Funchal, on Portuguese island of Madeira
  • 2017 Scientists genetic study of the apple reveal its origin was in Kazakhstan, published in "Nature Communications"

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2017 Barack Obama's tweet "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." in response to Charlottesville violence becomes most-liked tweet ever

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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2018 Italian PM Giuseppe Conte declares a 12-month state of emergency in Liguria after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister of Italy
Giuseppe Conte
  • 2018 Boat overturns in floods near the Nile in Northern Sudan, leaving 25 dead, most of them school children
  • 2018 Suicide bomber attacks tuition centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48 and injuring 67
  • 2018 Australian Senator Fraser Anning evokes Nazi euphemism "a final solution to the immigration problem", in proposing outlawing Muslim immigration into Australia in parliament speech
  • 2018 Record 72,000 Americans (up 10%) killed by drug overdoses in 2017 in new figures by Centers for Disease Control
  • 2018 First ever US execution by fentanyl of Carey Dean Moore at Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln
  • 2018 Bar-hopping for pintxos (Basque tapas) in San Sebastián, Spain, named world's best food experience in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist

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2018 US President Donald Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA Director and Trump critic John Brennan

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 American Michael Gargiulo, found guilty of stabbing three women, killing two in Los Angeles, while awaiting trial for third killing
  • 2019 Whistleblower releases damaging report on General Electric titled "General Electric, a Bigger Fraud Than Enron" claiming $38 billion accountancy fraud
  • 2019 Israel bars US Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering for supporting Palestinian-led boycott movement

Birthdays in History

  • 1976 Robert Macfarlane, English nature writer, born in Halam, England

Person of interestAbiy Ahmed

1976 Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia (2018-) and winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, born in Beshasha, Ethiopia

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed
  • 1984 Opal Tometi, Nigerian American civil rights activist (co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History