On This Day 15 August

Important Days

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947.

Important Events

2007 – An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.


2013 – At least 27 people are killed and 226 injured in an explosion in southern Beirut near a complex used by Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. A previously unknown Syrian Sunni group claims responsibility in an online video.


2013 – The Smithsonian announces the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years.


2015 – North Korea moves its clock back half an hour to introduce Pyongyang Time, 8​1⁄2 hours ahead of UTC.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1798 – Sangolli Rayanna, Indian warrior (d. 1831)

1872 – Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)


1873 – Ramaprasad Chanda, Indian archaeologist and historian (d. 1942)

1938 – Pran Kumar Sharma, Indian cartoonist (d. 2014)

1947 – Rakhee Gulzar, Indian film actress

1958 – Simple Kapadia, Indian actress and costume designer (d. 2009)

1961 – Suhasini Maniratnam, Indian actress and screenwriter

1971 – Adnan Sami, Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist and actor

1975 – Vijay Bharadwaj, Indian cricketer and coach

1992 – Baskaran Adhiban, Indian chess player

Death/ Death Anniversary

1942 – Mahadev Desai, Indian activist and author (b. 1892)

2004 – Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, 8th Chief Minister of Gujarat (b. 1941)


2005 – Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist and academic (b. 1927)