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August 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 15

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.

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

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 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.
Source BBC
1971

Bahrain declared independence from Britain.

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."

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