Today in History, English
Today in History, English

92298August 15Event1038 – King Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, dies his nephew, Peter Orseolo, succeeds him.
92299August 15Event1040 – King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.
92300August 15Event1057 – King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.
92301August 15Event1070 – The Pavian-born Benedictine Lanfranc is appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury in England.
92302August 15Event1185 – The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
92303August 15Event1237 – The Battle of the Puig takes place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Taifa of Valencia against the Kingdom of Aragon. The battle resulted in an Aragonese victory.
92304August 15Event1248 – The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
92305August 15Event1261 – Michael VIII Palaiologos is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
92306August 15Event1281 – Mongol invasion of Japan: The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a "divine wind" for the second time in the Battle of Kōan.
92307August 15Event1309 – The city of Rhodes surrenders to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights establish their headquarters on the island and rename themselves the Knights of Rhodes.
92308August 15Event1430 – Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
92309August 15Event1461 – The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmed II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
92310August 15Event1483 – Pope Sixtus IV consecrates the Sistine Chapel.
92281August 14Death2015 – Lavanam, Indian activist (b. 1930)
92282August 14Death2015 – Agustín Cejas, Argentinian footballer (b. 1945)
92283August 14Death2015 – Bob Farrell, American businessman, founded Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour (b. 1927)
92284August 14Death2015 – Bob Johnston, American songwriter and producer (b. 1932)
92285August 14Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:Domingo Ibáñez de ErquiciaJonathan Myrick Daniels (Episcopal Church)Kaj Munk (with Kolbe, Lutheran Church)Martyrs of OtrantoMaximilian KolbeAugust 14 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
92286August 14Holiday and observanceCommemoration of Wadi al-Dahab (Morocco)
92287August 14Holiday and observanceEngineer's Day (Dominican Republic)
92288August 14Holiday and observanceIndependence Day, celebrates the day when Pakistan was declared a sovereign nation following the end of the British Raj in 1947.
92289August 14Holiday and observancePramuka Day (Indonesia)
92290August 15Event636 – Arab–Byzantine wars: The Battle of Yarmouk between Byzantine Empire and Rashidun Caliphate begins.
92291August 15Event717 – Arab–Byzantine wars: Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik begins the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople, which will last for nearly a year.
92292August 15Event718 – Arab–Byzantine wars: Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople.
92293August 15Event747 – Carloman, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, renounces his position as majordomo and retires to a monastery near Rome. His brother Pepin the Short becomes the sole ruler (de facto) of the Frankish Kingdom.
92294August 15Event778 – The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
92295August 15Event927 – The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
92296August 15Event982 – Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the Battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
92297August 15Event1018 – Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinds and captures Ibatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, thereby ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil II's conquest of Bulgaria.

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