What Happened on August 15


Historical Events

1940 – Heavy dogfights above England: 75 German aircraft damaged
1944 – Allied air raid on train in North Netherlands, 32 killed
1960 – CFL’s Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
1990 – Phils Terry Mulholland no-hits Giants 6-0 (8th no hitter of 1990)
2008 – German swimmer Britta Steffen beats Australian Libby Trickett by 0.04 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
2021 – Petrol tanker explosion kills 27 and injures 79 in al-Tleil, Lebanon, amid the country’s continuing economic crisis

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Famous Birthdays

1907 – Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagyörk, Hungary (d. 1994)
1917 – Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered, born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador (d. 1980)
1926 – Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa (d. 2018)
1927 – Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)
1965 – Rob Thomas, American writer, screenwriter and director (Veronica Mars), born in Sunnyside, Washington
1974 – Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress (Species), born in Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Famous Deaths

1918 – Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64
1975 – Clay Shaw, American businessman and alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist, dies of lung cancer at 61
2007 – Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor (Canadian Opera Company, 1989-2007), dies of a heart attack at 63
2010 – James J. Kilpatrick, American newspaper journalist and columnist (60 Minutes), dies at 89
2017 – Vernon “Vern” Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83
2020 – Henk Wullems, Dutch soccer manager (NAC Breda, SBV Vitesse, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ; Indonesia 1996-98), dies from a Cerebral infarction at 84

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