August 15

This Day in History

2001

First Exo-Solar System Discovered

On this day in 2001, a team of astronomers announced the discovery of a second Jupiter-size planet orbiting 47 Ursae Majoris, a star in the Big Dipper, heralding the discovery of the first solar … (more...)

1947

Independence for India and Pakistan

On August 15, 1947, the former Mogul Empire is divided into the independent nations of India and Pakistan. Mohandas Gandhi struggled through decades of peaceful resistance before Britain finally … (more...)

1769

Birth of an Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte

One of the most significant figures of history, Napoleon Bonaparte was a preeminent military leader, social reformer and also the first Emperor of France. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica on … (more...)

1281

Kamikaze Saves Japan From Mongol Invasion, Again

On this day in 1281, the Mongol Yuan Dynasty's invasion of Japan failed for a second time when a typhoon destroyed their fleet. The Japanese came to call these fortuitous storms "divine wind," or … (more...)

778

Battle of Roncevaux Pass

On 15 August 778, one of the most famous battles of the Charlemagne era took place. It pitted his Frankish forces against marauding Basque guerrillas, and for its heroism and brutality has passed into … (more...)