August 15 Holidays, Events & Observances

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August 15 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are August 15 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; August 15 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on August 15.

August 15 holidays and observances
August 15 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in August, international holidays in August 15, national days in August 15. Some major August 15 national day and International holidays list in August calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore August 15 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of August 15 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on August 15, notable events, national days in August 15, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on August 15 globally.

Month of August

August, eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month,” indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.

Holidays in August

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word august refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

August kicks off with Caribbean celebrations in honor of Emancipation Day, which memorializes abolition within the British Empire, a process that began with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. Many Caribbean countries honor emancipation on either August 1 or the first Monday in August.

In August, you can choose to celebrate a favorite fruit (Watermelon Day is Aug. 3), a beverage (International Beer Day is Aug. 6), or oysters (they have their own commemorative day on Aug. 5).

August is also special month for Leos (those born between July 23 and August 22) and Virgos (those born between August 23 and September 22).

August 15 holidays and observances
August 15 Holidays and Observances

August 15 Holidays, National Day

August 15 is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 138 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 636 – Arab–Byzantine wars: The Battle of Yarmouk between Byzantine Empire and Rashidun Caliphate begins.
  • 717 – Arab–Byzantine wars: Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik begins the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople, which will last for nearly a year.
  • 718 – Arab–Byzantine wars: Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople.
  • 747 – Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, renounces his position as majordomo and retires to a monastery near Rome. His brother Pepin the Short becomes the sole ruler (de facto) of the Frankish Kingdom.
  • 778 – The Battle of Roncevaux Pass takes place between the army of Charlemagne and a Basque army.
  • 805 – Noble Erchana of Dahauua grants the Bavarian town of Dachau to the Diocese of Freising
  • 927 – The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 982 – Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the Battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria.
  • 1018 – 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.
  • 1038 – King Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, dies; his nephew, Peter Orseolo, succeeds him.
  • 1057 – King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.
  • 1070 – The Pavian-born Benedictine Lanfranc is appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury in England.
  • 1096 – Starting date of the First Crusade as set by Pope Urban II.
  • 1185 – The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
  • 1237 – Spanish Reconquista: The Battle of the Puig between the Moorish forces of Taifa of Valencia against the Kingdom of Aragon culminates in an Aragonese victory.
  • 1248 – The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
  • 1261 – Michael VIII Palaiologos is crowned as the first Byzantine emperor in fifty-seven years.
  • 1281 – Mongol invasion of Japan: The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a “divine wind” for the second time in the Battle of Kōan.
  • 1310 – 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.
  • 1430 – Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
  • 1461 – The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmed II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
  • 1483 – Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel.
  • 1511 – Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Malacca Sultanate.
  • 1517 – Seven Portuguese armed vessels led by Fernão Pires de Andrade meet Chinese officials at the Pearl River estuary.
  • 1519 – Panama City, Panama is founded.
  • 1534 – Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates take initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.
  • 1537 – Asunción, Paraguay is founded.
  • 1540 – Arequipa, Peru is founded.
  • 1549 – Jesuit priest Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: 22 July 1549).
  • 1592 – Imjin War: At the Battle of Hansan Island, the Korean Navy, led by Yi Sun-sin, Yi Eok-gi, and Won Gyun, decisively defeats the Japanese Navy, led by Wakisaka Yasuharu.
  • 1599 – 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.

1601-1900

  • 1695 – French forces end the bombardment of Brussels.
  • 1760 – Seven Years’ War: Battle of Liegnitz: Frederick the Great’s victory over the Austrians under Ernst Gideon von Laudon.
  • 1824 – The Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French general of the American Revolutionary War, arrives in New York and begins a tour of 24 states.
  • 1843 – 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.
  • 1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1863 – The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).
  • 1893 – Ibadan area becomes a British Protectorate after a treaty signed by Fijabi, the Baale of Ibadan with the British acting Governor of Lagos, George C. Denton.
  • 1899 – Fratton Park football ground in Portsmouth, England is officially first opened.
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1901-present

Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1013 – Teishi, empress of Japan (d. 1094)
  • 1171 – Alfonso IX, king of León and Galicia (d. 1230)
  • 1195 – Anthony of Padua, Portuguese priest and saint (d. 1231)
  • 1385 – Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford, English commander (d. 1417)
  • 1432 – Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (d. 1484)
  • 1455 – George, duke of Bavaria (d. 1503)
  • 1507 – George III, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, German prince (d. 1553)
  • 1575 – Bartol Kašić, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (d. 1650)
  • 1589 – Gabriel Báthory, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1613)

1601-1900

  • 1607 – Herman IV, landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg (d. 1658)
  • 1608 – Henry Howard, 22nd Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1652)
  • 1613 – Gilles Ménage, French lawyer, philologist, and scholar (d. 1692)
  • 1615 – Marie de Lorraine, duchess of Guise (d. 1688)
  • 1652 – John Grubb, American politician (d. 1708)
  • 1702 – Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian painter and Royal Academician (d. 1788)
  • 1717 – Blind Jack, English engineer (d. 1810)
  • 1736 – Johann Christoph Kellner, German organist and composer (d. 1803)
  • 1740 – Matthias Claudius, German poet and author (d. 1815)
  • 1769 – Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor (d. 1821)
  • 1771 – Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet (d. 1832)
  • 1785 – Thomas De Quincey, English journalist and author (d. 1859)
  • 1787 – Eliza Lee Cabot Follen, American writer, or, abolitionist (d. 1860)
  • 1798 – Sangolli Rayanna, Indian warrior (d. 1831)
  • 1807 – Jules Grévy, French lawyer and politician, 4th President of the French Republic (d. 1891)
  • 1824 – John Chisum, American businessman (d. 1884)
  • 1839 – Antonín Petrof, Czech piano maker (d. 1915)
  • 1844 – Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1908)
  • 1845 – Walter Crane, English artist and book illustrator (d. 1915)
  • 1856 – Keir Hardie, Scottish politician and trade unionist (d. 1915)
  • 1857 – Albert Ballin, German businessman (d. 1918)
  • 1858 – E. Nesbit, English author and poet (d. 1924)
  • 1859 – Charles Comiskey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1931)
  • 1860 – Florence Harding, American publisher, 31st First Lady of the United States (d. 1924)
  • 1863 – Aleksey Krylov, Russian mathematician and engineer (d. 1945)
  • 1865 – Mikao Usui, Japanese spiritual leader, founded Reiki (d. 1926)
  • 1866 – Italo Santelli, Italian fencer (d. 1945)
  • 1872 – Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)
  • 1873 – Ramaprasad Chanda, Indian archaeologist and historian (d. 1942)
  • 1875 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, English pianist, violinist, and composer (d. 1912)
  • 1876 – Stylianos Gonatas, Greek colonel and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1966)
  • 1877 – Tachiyama Mineemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Yokozuna (d. 1941)
  • 1879 – Ethel Barrymore, American actress (d. 1959)
  • 1881 – Alfred Wagenknecht, German-American activist and politician (d. 1956)
  • 1882 – Marion Bauer, American composer and critic (d. 1955)
  • 1882 – Gisela Richter, English archaeologist and art historian (d. 1972)
  • 1883 – Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect (d. 1962)
  • 1885 – Edna Ferber, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1968)
  • 1886 – Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (d. 1974)
  • 1890 – Jacques Ibert, French composer and educator (d. 1962)
  • 1892 – Louis de Broglie, French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1892 – Abraham Wachner, New Zealand politician, 35th Mayor of Invercargill (d. 1950)
  • 1893 – Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and academic (d. 1950)
  • 1896 – Gerty Cori, Czech-American biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)
  • 1896 – Catherine Doherty, Russian-Canadian activist, founded the Madonna House Apostolate (d. 1985)
  • 1896 – Paul Outerbridge, American photographer and educator (d. 1958)
  • 1898 – Jan Brzechwa, Polish author and poet (d. 1966)
  • 1900 – Estelle Brody, American silent film actress (d. 1995)
  • 1900 – Jack Tworkov, Polish-American painter and educator (d. 1982)

1901-present

  • 1901 – Arnulfo Arias Madrid, 21st president of the republic of Panamá (d. 1988)
  • 1901 – Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1975)
  • 1902 – Jan Campert, Dutch journalist and critic (d. 1943)
  • 1904 – George Klein, Canadian inventor, invented the motorized wheelchair (d. 1992)
  • 1909 – Hugo Winterhalter, American composer and bandleader (d. 1973)
  • 1912 – Julia Child, American chef and author (d. 2004)
  • 1912 – Wendy Hiller, English actress (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Paul Rand, American graphic designer and art director (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Signe Hasso, Swedish-American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Aleks Çaçi, Albanian journalist and author (d. 1989)
  • 1917 – Jack Lynch, Irish footballer and politician, 5th Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1917 – Óscar Romero, Salvadoran archbishop (d. 1980)
  • 1919 – Huntz Hall, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1919 – Benedict Kiely, Irish journalist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1920 – Judy Cassab, Austrian-Australian painter (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – August Kowalczyk, Polish actor and director (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Leonard Baskin, American sculptor and illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1922 – Giorgos Mouzakis, Greek trumpet player and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Sabino Barinaga, Spanish footballer and manager (d. 1988)
  • 1923 – Rose Marie, American actress and singer (d. 2017)
  • 1924 – Robert Bolt, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1924 – Hedy Epstein, German-American Holocaust survivor and activist (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Yoshirō Muraki, Japanese production designer, art director, and fashion designer (d. 2009)
  • 1924 – Phyllis Schlafly, American lawyer, writer, and political activist (d. 2016)
  • 1925 – Mike Connors, American actor and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Rose Maddox, American singer-songwriter and fiddle player (d. 1998)
  • 1925 – Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Bill Pinkney, American singer (The Drifters) (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Erik Schmidt, Swedish-Estonian painter and author (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Julius Katchen, American pianist and composer (d. 1969)
  • 1926 – Sami Michael, Iraqi-Israeli author and playwright
  • 1926 – John Silber, American philosopher and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Greek lawyer and politician, 6th President of Greece (d. 2016)
  • 1927 – Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Oliver Popplewell, English cricketer and judge
  • 1928 – Carl Joachim Classen, German scholar and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Malcolm Glazer, American businessman (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Nicolas Roeg, English director and cinematographer (d. 2018)
  • 1931 – Ernest C. Brace, American captain and pilot (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Richard F. Heck, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)
  • 1932 – Abby Dalton, American actress (d. 2020)
  • 1932 – Robert L. Forward, American physicist and engineer (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Jim Lange, American game show host and DJ (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – Johan Steyn, Baron Steyn, South African-English lawyer and judge (d. 2017)
  • 1933 – Bobby Helms, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)
  • 1933 – Stanley Milgram, American social psychologist (d. 1984)
  • 1933 – Mike Seeger, American folk musician and folklorist (d. 2009)
  • 1934 – Bobby Byrd, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1934 – Reginald Scarlett, Jamaican cricketer and coach (d. 2019)
  • 1935 – Jim Dale, English actor, narrator, singer, director, and composer
  • 1935 – Régine Deforges, French author, playwright, and director (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Rita Shane, American soprano and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1938 – Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1938 – Stix Hooper, American jazz drummer
  • 1938 – Pran Kumar Sharma, Indian cartoonist (d. 2014)
  • 1938 – Maxine Waters, American educator and politician
  • 1938 – Janusz Zajdel, Polish engineer and author (d. 1985)
  • 1940 – Gudrun Ensslin, German militant leader, founded Red Army Faction (d. 1977)
  • 1941 – Jim Brothers, American sculptor (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – Don Rich, American country musician (d. 1974)
  • 1942 – Pete York, English rock drummer
  • 1943 – Eileen Bell, Northern Irish civil servant and politician, 2nd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
  • 1944 – Dimitris Sioufas, Greek lawyer and politician, Greek Minister of Health (d. 2019)
  • 1945 – Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • 1946 – Jimmy Webb, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1947 – Rakhee Gulzar, Indian film actress
  • 1948 – Patsy Gallant, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1948 – Tom Johnston, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Tommy Aldridge, American drummer
  • 1950 – Tom Kelly, American baseball player
  • 1950 – Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom
  • 1951 – Ann Biderman, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1951 – Bobby Caldwell, American singer-songwriter
  • 1951 – John Childs, English cricketer
  • 1952 – Chuck Burgi, American drummer
  • 1953 – Carol Thatcher, English journalist and author
  • 1953 – Mark Thatcher, English businessman
  • 1953 – Wolfgang Hohlbein, German author
  • 1954 – Stieg Larsson, Swedish journalist and author (d. 2004)
  • 1956 – Lorraine Desmarais, Canadian pianist and composer
  • 1956 – Freedom Neruda, Ivorian journalist
  • 1956 – Robert Syms, English businessman and politician
  • 1957 – Željko Ivanek, Slovenian-American actor
  • 1958 – Simon Baron-Cohen, English-Canadian psychiatrist and author
  • 1958 – Craig MacTavish, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1958 – Simple Kapadia, Indian actress and costume designer (d. 2009)
  • 1958 – Victor Shenderovich, Russian journalist and radio host
  • 1959 – Scott Altman, American captain, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1961 – Ed Gillespie, American political strategist
  • 1961 – Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1961 – Gary Kubiak, American football player and coach
  • 1961 – Suhasini Maniratnam, Indian actress and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Tom Colicchio, American chef and author
  • 1962 – Rıdvan Dilmen, Turkish footballer and manager
  • 1962 – Inês Pedrosa, Portuguese writer
  • 1962 – Vilja Savisaar-Toomast, Estonian lawyer and politician
  • 1963 – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Simon Hart, Welsh soldier and politician
  • 1963 – Jack Russell, England cricketer and coach
  • 1964 – Jane Ellison, English lawyer and politician
  • 1964 – Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 1965 – Rob Thomas, American author, screenwriter, and producer
  • 1966 – Scott Brosius, American baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – Dimitris Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1967 – Tony Hand, Scottish ice hockey player and coach
  • 1968 – Debra Messing, American actress
  • 1969 – Bernard Fanning, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1969 – Carlos Roa, Argentine footballer
  • 1970 – Anthony Anderson, American comedian, actor, and producer
  • 1970 – Ben Silverman, American actor, producer, and screenwriter, founded Electus Studios
  • 1971 – Adnan Sami, Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist and actor
  • 1972 – Ben Affleck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1972 – Jennifer Alexander, Canadian ballerina (d. 2007)
  • 1972 – Mikey Graham, Irish singer
  • 1974 – Natasha Henstridge, Canadian model and actress
  • 1974 – Tomasz Suwary, Polish footballer
  • 1975 – Bertrand Berry, American football player and radio host
  • 1975 – Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer and coach
  • 1975 – Brendan Morrison, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975 – Kara Wolters, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Boudewijn Zenden, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1977 – Martin Biron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 – Anthony Rocca, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1978 – Waleed Aly, Australian journalist and television host
  • 1978 – Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
  • 1978 – Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1978 – Kerri Walsh Jennings, American volleyball player
  • 1979 – Carl Edwards, American race car driver
  • 1980 – Fiann Paul, Icelandic explorer
  • 1981 – Brendan Hansen, American swimmer
  • 1981 – Óliver Pérez, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Casey Burgener, American weightlifter
  • 1982 – Germán Caffa, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 – David Harrison, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Siobhan Chamberlain, English association football goalkeeper
  • 1985 – Nipsey Hussle, American rapper (d. 2019)
  • 1985 – Emily Kinney, American actress, singer, and songwriter
  • 1987 – Ryan D’Imperio, American football player
  • 1987 – Michel Kreder, Dutch cyclist
  • 1987 – Sean McAllister, English footballer
  • 1988 – Oussama Assaidi, Moroccan footballer
  • 1989 – Joe Jonas, American singer-songwriter
  • 1989 – Ryan McGowan, Australian footballer
  • 1989 – Carlos PenaVega, American actor and singer
  • 1989 – Jordan Rapana, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1990 – Jennifer Lawrence, American actress
  • 1991 – Petja Piiroinen, Finnish snowboarder
  • 1992 – Baskaran Adhiban, Indian chess player
  • 1993 – Rieah Holder, Barbadian netball player
  • 1993 – Clinton N’Jie, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1993 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, English footballer
  • 1994 – Lasse Vigen Christensen, Danish footballer
  • 1994 – Kosuke Hagino, Japanese swimmer
  • 1995 – Chief Keef, American rapper
  • 1999 – Paola Reis, BMX rider
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 398 – Lan Han, official of the Xianbei state Lan Yan
  • 423 – Honorius, Roman emperor (b. 384)
  • 465 – Libius Severus, Roman emperor (b. 420)
  • 767 – Abu Hanifa, Iraqi scholar and educator (b. 699)
  • 778 – Roland, Frankish military leader
  • 873 – Yi Zong, Chinese emperor (b. 833)
  • 874 – Altfrid, bishop of Hildesheim
  • 912 – Han Jian, Chinese warlord (b. 855)
  • 932 – Ma Xisheng, Chinese governor and king (b. 899)
  • 978 – Li Yu, ruler (‘king’) of Southern Tang
  • 986 – Minnborinus, Irish missionary and abbot
  • 1022 – Nikephoros Phokas Barytrachelos, Byzantine rebel
  • 1038 – Stephen I, Hungarian king (b. 975)
  • 1057 – Macbeth, King of Scotland
  • 1118 – Alexios I Komnenos, Byzantine emperor (b. 1048)
  • 1196 – Conrad II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1173)
  • 1224 – Marie of France, Duchess of Brabant (b. 1198)
  • 1257 – Saint Hyacinth of Poland
  • 1274 – Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and educator, founded the College of Sorbonne (b. 1201)
  • 1275 – Lorenzo Tiepolo, Doge of Venice
  • 1328 – Yesün Temür, emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (b. 1293)
  • 1369 – Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III of England (b. 1314)
  • 1388 – Adalbertus Ranconis de Ericinio, Bohemian theologian and rector of the University of Paris (b. circa 1320)
  • 1399 – Ide Pedersdatter Falk, Danish noblewoman (b. 1358)
  • 1496 – Infanta Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León (b. 1428)
  • 1506 – Alexander Agricola, Flemish composer (b. c. 1445)
  • 1507 – John V, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg (b. 1439)
  • 1528 – Odet of Foix, Viscount of Lautrec, French general (b. 1485)
  • 1552 – Hermann of Wied, German archbishop (b. 1477)
  • 1594 – Thomas Kyd, English playwright (b. 1558)

1601-1900

  • 1621 – John Barclay, Scottish poet and author (b. 1582)
  • 1666 – Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German missionary and astronomer (b. 1591)
  • 1714 – Constantin Brâncoveanu, Romanian prince (b. 1654)
  • 1728 – Marin Marais, French viol player and composer (b. 1656)
  • 1758 – Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician, geophysicist, and astronomer (b. 1698)
  • 1799 – Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet and author (b. 1729)
  • 1844 – José María Coppinger, governor of Spanish East Florida (b. 1733)
  • 1852 – Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist, physicist, and mineralogist (b. 1760)
  • 1859 – Nathaniel Claiborne, American farmer and politician (b. 1777)
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1901-present

  • 1907 – Joseph Joachim, Hungarian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1831)
  • 1909 – Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian sociologist and journalist (b. 1866)
  • 1917 – Thomas J. Higgins, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1831)
  • 1925 – Konrad Mägi, Estonian painter and educator (b. 1878)
  • 1928 – Anatole von Hügel, Italian ethnologist and academic, co-founded St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (b. 1854)
  • 1935 – Wiley Post, American pilot (b. 1898)
  • 1935 – Will Rogers, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (b. 1879)
  • 1935 – Paul Signac, French painter and author (b. 1863)
  • 1936 – Grazia Deledda, Italian novelist and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)
  • 1942 – Mahadev Desai, Indian activist and author (b. 1892)
  • 1945 – Korechika Anami, Japanese general and politician, 54th Japanese Minister of the Army (b. 1887)
  • 1945 – Fred Hockley, English lieutenant and pilot (b. 1923)
  • 1951 – Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist and composer (b. 1882)
  • 1953 – Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist and engineer (b. 1875)
  • 1962 – Lei Feng, Chinese soldier (b. 1940)
  • 1967 – René Magritte, Belgian painter (b. 1898)
  • 1971 – Paul Lukas, Hungarian-American actor (b. 1887)
  • 1975 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bengali politician, 1st President of Bangladesh (b. 1920)
  • 1975 – Clay Shaw, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 1975 – Harun Karadeniz, Turkish political activist and author (b. 1942)
  • 1981 – Carol Ryrie Brink, American author (b. 1895)
  • 1981 – Jørgen Løvset, Norwegian gynaecologist and academic (b. 1896)
  • 1982 – Ernie Bushmiller, American cartoonist (b. 1905)
  • 1982 – Jock Taylor, Scottish motorcycle sidecar racer (b. 1954)
  • 1982 – Hugo Theorell, Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1989 – Minoru Genda, Japanese general, pilot, and politician (b. 1904)
  • 1989 – Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, Greek general and diplomat (b. 1897)
  • 1990 – Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician and actor (b. 1962)
  • 1992 – Linda Laubenstein, American physician and academic (b. 1947)
  • 1994 – Wout Wagtmans, Dutch cyclist (b. 1929)
  • 1995 – John Cameron Swayze, American journalist and actor (b. 1906)
  • 1997 – Ida Gerhardt, Dutch poet and educator (b. 1905)
  • 1999 – Hugh Casson, English architect and interior designer (b. 1910)
  • 2001 – Yavuz Çetin, Turkish singer-songwriter (b. 1970)
  • 2001 – Richard Chelimo, Kenyan runner (b. 1972)
  • 2001 – Kateryna Yushchenko, Ukrainian computer scientist and academic (b. 1919)
  • 2004 – Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004 – Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, 8th Chief Minister of Gujarat (b. 1941)
  • 2005 – Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Te Atairangikaahu, New Zealand queen (b. 1931)
  • 2006 – Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player (b. 1955)
  • 2006 – Coenraad Bron, Dutch computer scientist and academic (b. 1937)
  • 2006 – Faas Wilkes, Dutch footballer and manager (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Richard Bradshaw, English conductor and director (b. 1944)
  • 2007 – John Gofman, American biologist, chemist, and physicist (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand physician (b. 1908)
  • 2007 – Sam Pollock, Canadian businessman (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Vic Toweel, South African-Australian boxer (b. 1929)
  • 2008 – Jerry Wexler, American journalist and producer (b. 1917)
  • 2011 – Rick Rypien, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1984)
  • 2012 – Bob Birch, American bass player and saxophonist (b. 1956)
  • 2012 – Altamiro Carrilho, Brazilian flute player and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Harry Harrison, American author and illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Rosalía Mera, Spanish businesswoman, co-founded Inditex and Zara (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – Sławomir Mrożek, Polish-French author and playwright (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Marich Man Singh Shrestha, Nepali politician, 28th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – August Schellenberg, Canadian actor (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Licia Albanese, Italian-American soprano and actress (b. 1909)
  • 2015 – Julian Bond, American academic, leader of the civil rights movement, and politician (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – Hamid Gul, Pakistani general (b. 1936)
  • 2017 – Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-American architect (b. 1925)
  • 2020 – Robert Trump, American real-estate developer, business executive (b. 1948)
  • 2021 – Gerd Müller, German footballer (b. 1945)

Holidays and observances

  • Armed Forces Day (Poland)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Altfrid
    • Alypius of Thagaste
    • Feast day of the Assumption of Mary, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation. (a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, some states in Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu); and its related observances:
      • Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches)
      • Ferragosto (Italy)
      • Lady’s Day (Ireland)
      • Māras (Latvia)
      • Mother’s Day (Antwerp and Costa Rica)
      • National Acadian Day (Acadians)
      • Navy Day (Romania)
      • Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands. (Tenerife, Spain)
    • San La Muerte (Paraguayan Folk Catholicism)
    • Santa Muerte (Mexican Folk Catholicism)
    • Tarcisius
    • August 15 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Constitution Day (Equatorial Guinea)
  • Earliest day on which Children’s Day can fall, while August 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Sunday in August. (Argentina and Peru)
  • Earliest day on which Day of Hearts can fall, while August 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Monday in August. (area around Haarlem and Amsterdam)
  • Founding of Asunción (Paraguay)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945:
    • Gwangbokjeol, “Independence Day” (South Korea)
    • Jogukhaebangui nal, “Fatherland Liberation Day” (North Korea)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947.
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.
  • National Day (Liechtenstein)
  • National Mourning Day, observed on Srabon 31 (Bangladesh)
  • The first day of Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil (Egypt and Coptic Church)
  • The main day of Bon Festival (Japan), and its related observances:
    • Awa Dance Festival (Tokushima Prefecture)
  • Victory over Japan Day (United Kingdom), and its related observances:
    • End-of-war Memorial Day, when the National Memorial Service for War Dead is held (Japan)
  • The New York Times: On This Day

August 15 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of August (August 15 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic August 15 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

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