Today in History, English
Today in History, English

92731August 15Holiday and observanceThe main day of Bon Festival (Japan), and its related observances:Awa Dance Festival (Tokushima Prefecture)
92732August 15Holiday and observanceConstitution Day (Equatorial Guinea)
92733August 15Holiday and observanceThe first day of Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil (Egypt and Coptic Church)
92734August 15Holiday and observanceFounding of Asunción (Paraguay)
92735August 15Holiday and observanceIndependence Day (Korea), celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945:Gwangbokjeol, "Independence Day" (South Korea)Jogukhaebangui nal, "Fatherland Liberation Day" (North Korea)
92736August 15Holiday and observanceIndependence Day (India), celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947.
92737August 15Holiday and observanceIndependence Day (Republic of the Congo), celebrates the independence of the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.
92738August 15Holiday and observanceEnd-of-war Memorial Day, when the National Memorial Service for War Dead is held. (Japan)
92739August 15Holiday and observanceNational Day (Liechtenstein)
92740August 15Holiday and observanceNational Mourning Day (Bangladesh)
92741August 15Holiday and observanceVictory over Japan Day (United Kingdom)
92742August 16Event1 BC – Wang Mang consolidates his power and is declared marshal of state. Emperor Ai of Han, who had died the previous day, had no heirs.
92743August 16Event963 – Nikephoros II Phokas is crowned emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
92744August 16Event1328 – The House of Gonzaga seizes power in the Duchy of Mantua, and will rule until 1708.
92745August 16Event1513 – Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate): King Henry VIII of England and his Imperial allies defeat French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
92746August 16Event1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
92747August 16Event1780 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden: The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.
92748August 16Event1792 – Maximilien de Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
92749August 16Event1793 – French Revolution: A levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.
92750August 16Event1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
92751August 16Event1819 – Peterloo Massacre: Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter's Field, Manchester, England.
92752August 16Event1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
92753August 16Event1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
92754August 16Event1859 – The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposes the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
92755August 16Event1863 – The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
92756August 16Event1869 – Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the Paraguayan War.
92757August 16Event1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
92758August 16Event1891 – The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
92759August 16Event1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
92760August 16Event1900 – The Battle of Elands River during the Second Boer War ends after a 13-day siege is lifted by the British. The battle had begun when a force of between 2,000 and 3,000 Boers had surrounded a force of 500 Australians, Rhodesians, Canadians and Britis

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