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

Events in History

Events 101 - 159 of 159

  • 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
  • 1967 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae
  • 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

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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
  • 1985 PW Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, dissapointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system
  • 1985 First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island
  • 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 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park
  • 1991 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1992 Colombo '92 closes in Genoa Italy
  • 1993 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapes 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
  • 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220
  • 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.

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2006 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass membership of the Waffen-SS in WWII

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

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 103 of 103

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1964 Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, born in Dallas, Texas

Philanthropist Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
  • 1965 Rob Thomas, American writer
  • 1970 Ben Silverman, American TV executive

Weddings in History

Deaths in History