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15th of August 0778 EVENT The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
15th of August 0927 EVENT The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
15th of August 0982 EVENT Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
15th of August 1018 EVENT Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinds and captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, thereby ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II's conquest of Bulgaria.
15th of August 1040 EVENT King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.
15th of August 1057 EVENT King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Mael Coluim mac Donnchada.
15th of August 1185 EVENT The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
15th of August 1248 EVENT The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
15th of August 1261 EVENT Michael VIII Palaeologus is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
15th of August 1309 EVENT The city of Rhodes surrenders to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights establish their headquarters on the island and rename themselves the Knights of Rhodes.
15th of August 1430 EVENT Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
15th of August 1461 EVENT The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
15th of August 1483 EVENT Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel.
15th of August 1517 EVENT Seven Portuguese armed vessels led by Fernao Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.
15th of August 1519 EVENT Panama City, Panama, is founded.
15th of August 1534 EVENT Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
15th of August 1537 EVENT Asuncion, Paraguay, is founded.
15th of August 1540 EVENT Arequipa, Peru, is founded.
15th of August 1549 EVENT Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: July 22, 1549).
15th of August 1599 EVENT Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass : Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
15th of August 1695 EVENT French forces end the Bombardment of Brussels, leaving a third of the buildings in the city in ruins.
15th of August 1760 EVENT Seven Years' War: Battle of Liegnitz : Frederick the Great's victory over the Austrians under Ernst von Laudon.
15th of August 1824 EVENT Freed American slaves found Liberia.
15th of August 1843 EVENT The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
15th of August 1843 EVENT Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
15th of August 1863 EVENT The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
15th of August 1869 EVENT The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.
15th of August 1891 EVENT San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
15th of August 1907 EVENT Ordination in Constantinople of Fr. Raphael Morgan, first African-American Orthodox priest, "Priest-Apostolic" to America and the West Indies.
15th of August 1909 EVENT A group of mid-level Greek Army officers launches the Goudi coup, seeking wide-ranging reforms.
15th of August 1914 EVENT A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.
15th of August 1914 EVENT The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon.
15th of August 1914 EVENT The First Russian Army, led by Pavel Rennenkampf, enters Eastern Prussia.
15th of August 1920 EVENT Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw : Poles defeat the Red Army.
15th of August 1935 EVENT Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.
15th of August 1939 EVENT 13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. No survivors.
15th of August 1940 EVENT An Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli at Tinos harbour during peacetime, marking the most serious Italian provocation prior to the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in October.
15th of August 1941 EVENT Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason.
15th of August 1942 EVENT World War II: Operation Pedestal : The SS Ohio reaches the island of Malta barely afloat carrying vital fuel supplies for the island's defenses.
15th of August 1944 EVENT World War II: Operation Dragoon : Allied forces land in southern France.
15th of August 1945 EVENT World War II: Victory over Japan Day : Japan surrenders.
15th of August 1945 EVENT World War II: Korean Liberation Day.
15th of August 1947 EVENT India gains Independence from the British Indian Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
15th of August 1947 EVENT Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor General of Pakistan in Karachi.
15th of August 1948 EVENT The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.
15th of August 1950 EVENT Srikakulam district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
15th of August 1952 EVENT Devon, United Kingdom A flashflood drenches the town of Lynmouth, killing 34 people.
15th of August 1954 EVENT Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
15th of August 1960 EVENT Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
15th of August 1961 EVENT Conrad Schumann flees from East Germany while on duty guarding the construction of the Berlin Wall.
15th of August 1962 EVENT James Joseph Dresnok defects to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea after running across the Korean DMZ. Dresnok still resides in the capital, Pyongyang.
15th of August 1963 EVENT President Fulbert Youlou is overthrown in the Republic of Congo, after a three-day uprising in the capital.
15th of August 1963 EVENT Execution of Henry John Burnett, the last man to be hanged in Scotland.
15th of August 1965 EVENT The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, in an event later seen as marking the birth of stadium rock.
15th of August 1969 EVENT The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens.
15th of August 1971 EVENT President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.
15th of August 1971 EVENT Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom.
15th of August 1973 EVENT Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.
15th of August 1974 EVENT Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.
15th of August 1975 EVENT Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is killed along with most members of his family during a military coup.
15th of August 1975 EVENT 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.
15th of August 1977 EVENT The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.
15th of August 1984 EVENT The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military
15th of August 1995 EVENT In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
15th of August 1998 EVENT Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles
15th of August 1999 EVENT Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.
15th of August 2007 EVENT An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
15th of August 1171 BIRTHDAY King Alfonso IX of Leon (d. 1230)
15th of August 1195 BIRTHDAY Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)
15th of August 1432 BIRTHDAY Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (d. 1484)
15th of August 1575 BIRTHDAY Bartol Kasic, Croatian writer and linguist (d. 1650)
15th of August 1613 BIRTHDAY Gilles Menage, French scholar (d. 1692)
15th of August 1717 BIRTHDAY Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (d. 1810)
15th of August 1740 BIRTHDAY Matthias Claudius, German poet (d. 1815)
15th of August 1769 BIRTHDAY Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican-born French military officer and dictator (d. 1821)
15th of August 1771 BIRTHDAY Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist and poet (d. 1832)
15th of August 1785 BIRTHDAY Thomas De Quincey, English author (d. 1859)
15th of August 1813 BIRTHDAY Jules Grevy, French statesman (d. 1891)
15th of August 1844 BIRTHDAY Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1908)
15th of August 1856 BIRTHDAY Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer (d. 1916)
15th of August 1857 BIRTHDAY Albert Ballin, German shipping tycoon (d. 1918)
15th of August 1858 BIRTHDAY E. Nesbit, English author (d. 1924)
15th of August 1859 BIRTHDAY Charles Comiskey, American baseball owner (d. 1931)
15th of August 1860 BIRTHDAY Henrietta Vinton Davis, American elocutionist (d. 1941)
15th of August 1860 BIRTHDAY Florence Harding, American First Lady (d. 1924)
15th of August 1863 BIRTHDAY Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (d. 1945)
15th of August 1865 BIRTHDAY Mikao Usui, Japanese spiritual figure (d. 1926)
15th of August 1872 BIRTHDAY Sri Aurobindo, Indian writer and philosopher (d. 1950)
15th of August 1875 BIRTHDAY Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, English composer (d. 1912)
15th of August 1876 BIRTHDAY Stylianos Gonatas, Greek military officer and politician (d. 1966)
15th of August 1877 BIRTHDAY Tachiyama Mineemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Yokozuna (d. 1941)
15th of August 1878 BIRTHDAY Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel, Russian counter-revolutionary (d. 1928)
15th of August 1879 BIRTHDAY Ethel Barrymore, American actress (d. 1959)
15th of August 1881 BIRTHDAY Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (d. 1956)
15th of August 1882 BIRTHDAY Christian Mortensen, Danish-born American supercentenarian (d. 1998)
15th of August 1883 BIRTHDAY Ivan Mestrovic, Croatian sculptor (d. 1962)
15th of August 1885 BIRTHDAY Edna Ferber, American novelist (d. 1968)
15th of August 1886 BIRTHDAY Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (d. 1974)
15th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (d. 2006)
15th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Jacques Ibert, French composer (d. 1962)
15th of August 1892 BIRTHDAY Louis, 7th duc de Broglie, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1987)
15th of August 1893 BIRTHDAY Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and mechanical computation designer (d. 1950)
15th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Gerty Cori, Austrian biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1957)
15th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (d. 1958)
15th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist (d. 1985)
15th of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Leon Theremin, Russian inventor (d. 1993)
15th of August 1898 BIRTHDAY Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)
15th of August 1900 BIRTHDAY Estelle Brody, American actress (d. 1995)
15th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)
15th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY George Klein, Canadian inventor (d. 1992)
15th of August 1905 BIRTHDAY Emile St. Godard, Canadian dog sled racer (d. 1948)
15th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Hugo Winterhalter, American composer and bandleader (d. 1973)
15th of August 1910 BIRTHDAY Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (d. 2002)
15th of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Julia Child, American cook and TV personality (d. 2004)
15th of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Dame Wendy Hiller, English actress (d. 2003)
15th of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Paul Rand, American graphic designer (d. 1996)
15th of August 1916 BIRTHDAY Aleks Caci, Albanian writer (d. 1989)
15th of August 1917 BIRTHDAY Jack Lynch, Irish politician (d. 1999)
15th of August 1917 BIRTHDAY Oscar Romero, El Salvadorian Roman Catholic priest (d. 1980)
15th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Benedict Kiely, Irish author (d. 2007)
15th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Huntz Hall, American actor (d. 1999)
15th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Lukas Foss, German-born composer (d. 2009)
15th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek songwriter and musician (d. 2005)
15th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Leonard Baskin, American sculptor and graphic artist (d. 2000)
15th of August 1923 BIRTHDAY Rose Marie, American actress
15th of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Robert Bolt, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 1995)
15th of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Werner Abrolat, German actor (d. 1997)
15th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Mike Connors, American actor
15th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist (d. 2007)
15th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Bill Pinkney, American baritone singer (d. 2007)
15th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY Sami Michael, Iraqi-born Israeli author
15th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY Costis Stephanopoulos, Greek politician
15th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Eddie Leadbeater, England cricketer
15th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Nicolas Roeg, English film director
15th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
15th of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Jim Lange, American game show host
15th of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Bobby Helms, American pop singer (d. 1997)
15th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Bobby Byrd, American soul/funk singer (d. 2007)
15th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer (d. 1998)
15th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Reginald Scarlett, West Indian cricketer
15th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Jim Dale, English actor
15th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Lionel Taylor, American football player
15th of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Vernon Jordan Jr., American presidential advisor
15th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Maxine Waters, American politician
15th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer
15th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Rita Shane, American soprano
15th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (d. 1977)
15th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Manolis Mavrommatis, Greek politician
15th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Larry Hartsell, American martial arts instructor (d. 2007)
15th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Maria Rojo, Mexican actress and politician
15th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Linda Ellerbee, American journalist
15th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Tom Murphy, American politician
15th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Dimitris Sioufas, Greek lawyer and politician
15th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Sylvie Vartan, Bulgarian pop singer
15th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Begum Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician
15th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Gene Upshaw, American football player (d. 2008)
15th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Tony Robinson, English actor and television presenter
15th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Jimmy Webb, American musician and composer
15th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress
15th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Jenny Hanley, British TV presenter
15th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Uschi Digard, American pornographic actress and model
15th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
15th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY George Ryton, British engineer
15th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Beverly Lynn Burns, American pilot
15th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor
15th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Mark B. Rosenberg, American educator
15th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Garry Disher, Australian author
15th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom
15th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Tommy Aldridge, American musician
15th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Tom Kelly, American baseball manager
15th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
15th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Bobby Caldwell, American singer and musician
15th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY John Childs, England cricketer
15th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Daba Diawara, Malian politician
15th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Ranjan Gunatilleke, Sri Lankan cricketer
15th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Stieg Larsson, Swedish writer (d. 2004)
15th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Mary Jo Salter, American poet
15th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer
15th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Zeljko Ivanek, Slovenian-American actor
15th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Craig MacTavish, Canadian ice hockey player/coach
15th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Simon Baron-Cohen, British psychiatrist and author
15th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
15th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (d. 2010)
15th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
15th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Gary Kubiak, American football coach
15th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
15th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Tom Colicchio, American chef
15th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Jack Russell, England cricketer
15th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Valery Levaneuski, entrepreneur, politician, former political prisoner
15th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mexican film director
15th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Melinda French Gates, American wife of Bill Gates
15th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Rob Thomas, American writer
15th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Scott Brosius, American baseball player
15th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Dimitris Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
15th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Shirley Kwan, Hong Kong singer
15th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Peter Hermann American actor
15th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Debra Messing, American actress
15th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Kevin Cheng, Hong Kong actor and singer
15th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Bernard Fanning, Australian singer/songwriter (Powderfinger)
15th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Cris Judd, American actor/choreographer
15th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Anthony Anderson, American comedian and actor
15th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Maddie Corman, American actress
15th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Ben Silverman, American TV executive
15th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Chris Morrissey, American film director/actor
15th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Matthew Wood, American actor and sound editor
15th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Jennifer Alexander, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
15th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Ben Affleck, American actor
15th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Adnan Sami, British-born Pakastani music composer and singer
15th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Adam Willard, American musician (The Offspring)
15th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Tomasz Suwary, Polish footballer
15th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
15th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Bertrand Berry, American football player
15th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer
15th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Brendan Morrison, Canadian hockey player
15th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Kara Wolters, American basketball player
15th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Boudewijn Zenden, Dutch football player
15th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Martin Biron, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
15th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast
15th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Nicole Paggi, American actress
15th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
15th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
15th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
15th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
15th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
15th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Nathalie Press, English actress
15th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Brendan Hansen, American swimmer
15th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
15th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Oliver Perez, American baseball player
15th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Casey Burgener, American weightlifter
15th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Tiffanie Anderson, American performer (Girlicious)
15th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Belinda, Mexican singer
15th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Joe Jonas, American actor and singer
15th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Carlos Pena Jr., American actor and singer (Big Time Rush)
15th of August 0423 DEATH Flavius Honorius, Roman Emperor (Born 384)
15th of August 0778 DEATH Roland, Frankish commander
15th of August 1038 DEATH King Stephen I of Hungary
15th of August 1057 DEATH Macbeth, King of Scotland
15th of August 1118 DEATH Alexius I Comnenus, Byzantine Emperor (Born 1048)
15th of August 1196 DEATH Conrad II, Duke of Swabia (Born 1173)
15th of August 1274 DEATH Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and educator (Born 1201)
15th of August 1369 DEATH Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III of England
15th of August 1528 DEATH Odet de Foix, Vicomte de Lautrec, French military leader (Born 1485)
15th of August 1552 DEATH Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (Born 1477)
15th of August 1621 DEATH John Barclay, Scottish writer (Born 1582)
15th of August 1666 DEATH Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit missionary (Born 1591)
15th of August 1714 DEATH Constantin Brancoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (Born 1654)
15th of August 1728 DEATH Marin Marais, French composer and viol player (Born 1656)
15th of August 1758 DEATH Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (Born 1698)
15th of August 1799 DEATH Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (Born 1729)
15th of August 1852 DEATH Johan Gadolin, Finnish scientist (Born 1760)
15th of August 1859 DEATH Nathaniel Claiborne, American politician (Born 1777)
15th of August 1880 DEATH Adelaide Neilson, English actress (Born 1848)
15th of August 1907 DEATH Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist (Born 1831)
15th of August 1909 DEATH Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (Born 1866)
15th of August 1917 DEATH Thomas J. Higgins, American Union Army soldier (Born 1831)
15th of August 1925 DEATH Konrad Magi, Estonian artist (Born 1878)
15th of August 1931 DEATH Nigar Shikhlinskaya, Azerbaijani WWI nurse (Born ca. 1878)
15th of August 1935 DEATH Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Born 1879)
15th of August 1935 DEATH Wiley Post, American pilot (Born 1898)
15th of August 1935 DEATH Paul Signac, French painter (Born 1863)
15th of August 1936 DEATH Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (Born 1871)
15th of August 1942 DEATH Mahadev Desai, personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi (Born1892)
15th of August 1945 DEATH Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (Born 1887)
15th of August 1951 DEATH Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (Born 1882)
15th of August 1953 DEATH Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (Born 1875)
15th of August 1959 DEATH Blind Willie McTell, American singer (Born 1901)
15th of August 1962 DEATH Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (Born 1940)
15th of August 1967 DEATH Rene Magritte, Belgian painter (Born 1898)
15th of August 1971 DEATH Paul Lukas, Hungarian-born actor (Born 1887)
15th of August 1975 DEATH Clay Shaw, American lawyer and John F. Kennedy assassination investigator (Born 1913)
15th of August 1975 DEATH Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladeshi statesman (Born 1920)
15th of August 1982 DEATH Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (Born 1903)
15th of August 1989 DEATH Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, Greek Army officer (Born 1897)
15th of August 1990 DEATH Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Born 1962)
15th of August 1995 DEATH John Cameron Swayze, American journalist (Born 1906)
15th of August 1999 DEATH Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (Born 1910)
15th of August 2001 DEATH Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (Born 1972)
15th of August 2003 DEATH Gosta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (Born 1957)
15th of August 2004 DEATH Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician (Born 1941)
15th of August 2004 DEATH Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (Born 1910)
15th of August 2004 DEATH Sune Bergstrom, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (Born 1916)
15th of August 2005 DEATH Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist (Born 1927)
15th of August 2006 DEATH Te Atairangi Kaahu, Maori queen (Born 1931)
15th of August 2006 DEATH Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer (Born 1923)
15th of August 2006 DEATH Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player (Born c. 1955)
15th of August 2006 DEATH Coenraad Bron, Dutch computer scientist (Born 1937)
15th of August 2007 DEATH Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (Born 1908)
15th of August 2007 DEATH Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (Born 1944)
15th of August 2007 DEATH John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (Born 1918)
15th of August 2007 DEATH Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (Born 1925)
15th of August 2008 DEATH Leroy Sievers, American journalist (Born 1955)
15th of August 2008 DEATH Jerry Wexler, American music producer (Born 1917)
15th of August 2008 DEATH James Orthwein, American businessman (Born 1924)
15th of August 2008 DEATH Vic Toweel, South African boxer (Born 1929)