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August 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, August 15, 1519, Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila founded Panama City?

August 15th is officially Check The Chip Day & Relaxation Day.

Welcome to the 227th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 138 days until we reach the new year.

If this day is your birthday or you want to know more about August 15, then we welcome you to a day that has a huge importance in history. Find out what historical events happened on this day, and what makes today so important.

Did you know that on this day in 1519, Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila founded Panama City? It became a launching point for the conquest of Peru and a transit point for riches heading back to Spain.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 15th in history!

What Events Happened On August 15 In History?

2013 Kristofer Helgen announced the discovery of the olinguito, a mammal of the raccoon family Procyonidae.

OTD in 2013: Kristofer Helgen announced the discovery of the olinguito
The olinguito was the first new carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years.

1985 Richard Branson’s attempt at obtaining the fastest Atlantic crossing came to an end when his speed boat crashed.

The 32-ton vessel called Virgin Atlantic Challenger overturned just off the southwest coast of England, jeopardizing Branson's attempt at making the fastest journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

1977 Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope detected a deep-space radio signal.

The signal from the Saggitarius constellation bore all the signs of being extraterrestrial in origin. When an astronomer discovered the recording of the signal a few days later, he was particularly surprised and impressed with it and wrote "Wow!" on the computer printout, leading to the signal being called the Wow! Signal.

1945 After six years at war, Japan surrendered, which marked the end of World War II.

This day was marked VJ Day, which stands for Victory in Japan day. It marked the victory of the world's allied nations in the enemy's defeat, which brought WWII to an end.

1903 New Zealand’s All Blacks played their first international test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground.

1891 An all-steel church called San Sebastian Church opened in Manila, Philippines.

The church was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1973, and as a National Cultural Treasure in 2011.

1876 The Indian Appropriations Act added the sell or starve clause.

The clause meant that rations were cut until the Sioux people of Black Hills in South Dakota gave up their land.

1870 The Transcontinental Railroad linking up the East and West halves of the US was completed in Colorado.

1843 The world’s second oldest theme park called Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.

OTD in 1843: The world's second oldest theme park called Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen

1824 One thousand Nigerian troops were airlifted into Liberia to end the occupation of Monrovia.

1519 Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila founded Panama City.

1483 The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican opened for its first mass.

OTD in 1483: The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican opened for its first mass.

1457 Mainz Psalter was published making it the first book with a printed publication date on it.

1248 The foundations for Cologne Cathedral were laid in preparation for its construction.

1185 Cave monastery Vardzia was blessed by Queen Tamar of Georgia.

The area consists of 15 churches with the main church being called "Assumption of Mary."

Famous People Born On August 15

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Emily Kinney! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1994 Tristan Evans

English Singer

Tristan Evans
Age:
27 years old
Born In:
England, UK
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1985 Emily Kinney

American Actress

Emily Kinney
Age:
36 years old
Born In:
Nebraska, USA

Special Holidays On August 15

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

August 15: National Check The Chip Day

National Check The Chip Day

August 15: National Relaxation Day

National Relaxation Day

August 15 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on this day all share the Leo zodiac sign.

Leos are larger than life, and they love to be seen and heard. Their typical traits include being confident, ambitious, loyal, generous, and big-hearted.

People born in August all have the Peridot birthstone. The peridot is a green gem that can be found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth. This makes the peridot the only wearable transparent gemstone that can come from out of this world.

If you were lucky enough to be born on August 15th, you were likely conceived around November 22nd, the year before.

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