August 15: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On August 15, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 227th day is August 15th. The United States and Russia cut diplomatic ties in 1918. The ‘Wizard of Oz’ premiered in Hollywood, California, in 1939. In 1944, the Allied Forces of World War II landed in Southern France. In 1947, India gained independence from Britain and was divided into India and Pakistan.

The 15th of August falls under the sign of Leo. On this day, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julia Child, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Lawrence were all born. The 15th of August is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day and National Relaxation Day.


Happy Birthday! (August 15, 1769)
Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor. photo source:


(August 15, 1939)
The premiere of The Wizard of Oz takes place at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.

(August 15, 1940)
In peacetime, an Italian submarine torpedoes and sinks the Greek cruiser Elli in Tinos harbour, marking the most significant Italian provocation before to the October commencement of the Greco-Italian War.

(August 15, 1945)
Following the effective surrender of Japan in World War II and the broadcast of Hirohito's capitulation, Korea obtains independence from the Japanese Empire.

(August 15, 2013)
Smithsonian's Kristofer Helgen reports the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivorous species discovered in the Americas in 35 years. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

Our team at World Amazing Facts is committed to verifying the accuracy of our content. It's possible that we'll get something wrong, or that our knowledge may become obsolete. Please let us know if you see any errors in the information provided.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

August 01: Fun Facts about Today in History

August 17: Fun Facts about Today in History