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  • Spain
    Friday Aug 15, 1502

    Chocolate

    Christopher Columbus with the Cacao

    Spain
    Friday Aug 15, 1502

    Christopher Columbus encountered the cacao bean on his fourth mission to the Americas on August 15, 1502, when he and his crew seized a large native canoe that proved to contain among other goods for trade, cacao beans. His son Ferdinand commented that the natives greatly valued the beans, which he termed almonds, "for when they were brought on board ship together with their goods, I observed that when any of these almonds fell, they all stooped to pick it up, as if an eye had fallen."




  • Ajaccio, Corsica, Kingdom of France
    Tuesday Aug 15, 1769

    Napoleon

    Birth

    Ajaccio, Corsica, Kingdom of France
    Tuesday Aug 15, 1769

    Napoleon was born on 15 August 1769. His parents Carlo Maria di Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Ramolino maintained an ancestral home called "Casa Buonaparte" in Ajaccio. Napoleon was their fourth child and third son. A boy and girl were born first but died in infancy.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Aug 15, 1850

    Libraries

    Public Libraries Act 1850

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Aug 15, 1850

    Although by the mid-19th century England could claim 274 subscription libraries and Scotland, 266, the foundation of the modern public library system in Britain is the Public Libraries Act 1850.




  • Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Skopje, North Macedonia)
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1928

    Mother Teresa

    Religious life

    Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Skopje, North Macedonia)
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1928

    Teresa was in her early years when she was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in Bengal; by age 12, she was convinced that she should commit herself to religious life. Her resolve strengthened on 15 August 1928 as she prayed at the shrine of the Black Madonna of Vitina-Letnice, where she often went on pilgrimages.




  • Japan
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1945

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    Japanese Emperor Hirohito capitulated to the Allies

    Japan
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1945

    In less than two weeks the Kwantung Army, which was the primary Japanese fighting force,consisting of over a million men but lacking in adequate armor, artillery, or air support, had been destroyed by the Soviets. Japanese Emperor Hirohito officially capitulated to the Allies on August 15, 1945.




  • Japan
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1945

    World War II

    Japan surrendered

    Japan
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1945

    In addition to the bombing of the two bombings, the Soviets, pursuant to the Yalta agreement, invaded Japanese-held Manchuria and quickly defeated the Kwantung Army, which was the largest Japanese fighting force, These two events persuaded previously adamant Imperial Army leaders to accept surrender terms. The Red Army also captured the southern part of Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Islands. On 15 August 1945, Japan surrendered.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1945

    Hirohito

    Broadcast Therecording of The Emperor's Surrender Speech

    Tokyo, Japan
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1945

    On August 15 a recording of the Emperor's surrender speech ("Gyokuon-hōsō", literally "Jewel Voice Broadcast") was broadcast over the radio (the first time the Emperor was heard on the radio by the Japanese people) announcing Japan's acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration. During the historic broadcast the Emperor stated: "Moreover, the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of many innocent lives. Should we continue to fight, not only would it result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization.


  • India
    Friday Aug 15, 1947

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    Disapproved Independence

    India
    Friday Aug 15, 1947

    In August 1947 the British partitioned the land with India and Pakistan each achieving independence on terms that Gandhi disapproved.


  • South Korea
    Sunday Aug 15, 1948

    Korean War

    Republic of Korea (South Korea)

    South Korea
    Sunday Aug 15, 1948

    The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was established on 15 August 1948.


  • Edwards Air Force Base, California, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 15, 1957

    Neil Armstrong

    His First Flight In a Rocket-Powered Aircraft

    Edwards Air Force Base, California, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 15, 1957

    His first flight in a rocket-powered aircraft was on August 15, 1957, in the Bell X-1B, to an altitude of 11.4 miles (18.3 km). On landing, the poorly designed nose landing gear failed, as had happened on about a dozen previous flights of the Bell X-1B.


  • Cyprus
    Monday Aug 15, 1960

    Cypriot intercommunal violence

    Republic of Cyprus was proclaimed

    Cyprus
    Monday Aug 15, 1960

    On August 15, 1960, the Republic of Cyprus was proclaimed.


  • Shea Stadium, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Aug 15, 1965

    The Beatles

    The Opening Concert of The third US tour

    Shea Stadium, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Aug 15, 1965

    The group's third US tour opened with a performance before a world-record crowd of 55,600 at New York's Shea Stadium on 15 August 1965 – "perhaps the most famous of all Beatles' concerts", in Lewisohn's description


  • Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    Tony Blair

    Omagh bombing

    Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    Following the Omagh bombing on 15 August 1998, by members of the Real IRA opposed to the peace process, which killed 29 people and wounded hundreds, Blair visited the County Tyrone town and met with victims at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    Apple Inc.

    A New all-in-one Computer

    U.S.
    Saturday Aug 15, 1998

    On August 15, 1998, Apple introduced a new all-in-one computer reminiscent of the Macintosh 128K: the iMac. The iMac design team was led by Ive, who would later design the iPod and the iPhone.


  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Monday Aug 15, 2005

    Diego Maradona

    La Noche del 10

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Monday Aug 15, 2005

    On 15 August 2005, Maradona made his debut as host of a talk-variety show on Argentine television, La Noche del 10 ("The Night of the no. 10"). His main guest on opening night was Pelé; the two had a friendly chat, showing no signs of past differences. However, the show also included a cartoon villain with a clear physical resemblance to Pelé. In subsequent evenings, he led the ratings on all occasions but one. Most guests were drawn from the worlds of football and show business, including Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, but also included interviews with other notable friends and personalities such as Cuban leader Fidel Castro and boxers Roberto Durán and Mike Tyson. Maradona gave each of his guests a signed Argentina jersey, which Tyson wore when he arrived in Brazil, Argentina's biggest rivals.


  • Anningzhuang Rd, Haidian District, Beijing, China
    Sunday Aug 15, 2010

    Xiaomi

    MIUI

    Anningzhuang Rd, Haidian District, Beijing, China
    Sunday Aug 15, 2010

    On 16 August 2010, Xiaomi officially launched its first Android-based firmware MIUI. It resembles Samsung's TouchWiz and Apple's iOS.


  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S
    Monday Aug 15, 2011

    Google LLC

    Google made Its Largest-Ever Acquisition

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S
    Monday Aug 15, 2011

    On August 15, 2011, Google made its largest-ever acquisition to date when it announced that it would acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion This purchase was made in part to help Google gain Motorola's considerable patent portfolio on mobile phones and wireless technologies, to help protect Google in its ongoing patent disputes with other companies, mainly Apple and Microsoft, and to allow it to continue to freely offer Android.


  • Myanmar
    Thursday Aug 15, 2019

    Conflict in Myanmar

    Northern Alliance insurgents attacked a military college

    Myanmar
    Thursday Aug 15, 2019

    On 15 August 2019, Northern Alliance insurgents attacked a military college in Nawnghkio Township, killing 15. Further clashes occurred in the following days, with Myanmar's military warning there could be a full-scale war if the Northern Alliance did not halt their attacks.


  • Lisbon, Portogal
    Saturday Aug 15, 2020

    Lionel Messi

    Estádio da Luz earthquake

    Lisbon, Portogal
    Saturday Aug 15, 2020

    Messi suffered his worst defeat as a player as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 8–2 in a one-off tie in Lisbon, leading to another disappointing exit from the Champions League.


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