1040       Aug 15  In Scotland Donnchad led an army into Moray, where he was killed by Mac Bethad at Pitgaveny near Elgin.

1795       Aug 15  Franz Joseph Haydn left England for the last time.

1828       Aug 15  In San Francisco the daughter (5) and son (1) of Presidio soldier Ignacio Olivas were killed as he and his wife attended a dance party near Mission Dolores. Suspicion fell on fellow soldier Francisco Rubio, who was found guilty and executed on August 1, 1831. Rubio claimed innocence to the end.

1974       Aug 15  South Korean President Park Chung-hee escaped an assassination attempt in which his wife was killed. Park’s daughter took over as 1st lady.

1980       Aug 15  George Manuel Bosque (25) reportedly abandoned his armored truck at the SF Airport Hilton Hotel, stole a car at gunpoint, and vanished with over $1.8 million in cash. 2 days later he sent an envelope with $20,000 to SF Police officer Lou Vance to pay off a business deal. Bosque was caught on November 23, 1981 and pleaded not guilty before a Federal Judge on November 24, 1981

1993       Aug 15  Pope John Paul II ended his four-day U.S. visit with a farewell address at Denver’s Stapleton International Airport in which he denounced the “culture of death” of abortion and euthanasia.

1996       Aug 15  Bob Dole claimed the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in San Diego, offering himself as the “bridge to a time of tranquility” and describing himself as “the most optimistic man in America.” Jack Kemp became the Republican Party vice-presidential nominee.

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1999       Aug 15  Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming the youngest player to win two majors since Seve Ballesteros.

1999       Aug 15  President Clinton and his family went house-hunting in Westchester County, New York. They later settled on a house in Chappaqua.

2001       Aug 15  Robert R. Courtney, a wealthy Kansas City, Mo., pharmacist accused of diluting chemotherapy drugs surrendered to the FBI. He was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.

2002       Aug 15  President Bush, using Mount Rushmore as a dramatic backdrop, pressed Congress to give him a flexible, fast-moving homeland security department.

2003       Aug 15  The ruling prince of Liechtenstein, who garnered controversy in Europe with his push for more power in the tiny state, announced he would step down and hand over the reins to his son in one year.

2005       Aug 15  James Dougherty (84), the retired Los Angeles detective who was the first husband of Marilyn Monroe, died in San Rafael, Calif.

2008       Aug 15  Leroy Sievers (b.1955), broadcast journalist, died of cancer. He was a former executive producer of ABC’s “Nightline” and commented on his disease on National Public Radio (NPR).

2008       Aug 15  Leftist ex-bishop Fernando Lugo was inaugurated as Paraguay’s president, ending six decades of one-party rule in a key step in the poor South American nation’s democratic transformation.

2009       Aug 15  In Georgia former college professor Lothar Karl Schweder (77) and his wife Sherry (65) were found mauled to death by dogs near their home in Lexington.

2009       Aug 15  South Korea’s president renewed his offer of aid for impoverished North Korea if it abandons its nuclear weapons and called for talks on the reduction of conventional weapons along their heavily fortified border.

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2009       Aug 15  Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou bowed to public anger, apologizing for his government’s slow response to Typhoon Morakot, which devastated central and southern parts of the island.

2010       Aug 15  Pakistani men took turns savagely beating the two teenage brothers with sticks, drawing blood before dragging and hanging their dead bodies from a nearby pole. None of the dozens of people watching tried to stop the attack, not even several police. The scene was caught on video and broadcast on news channels. The boys in Sialkot, a town in eastern Punjab province, may have been mistaken for robbers. At least 10 suspects were later arrested, including four police officers.

2011       Aug 15  In western China Tsewang Norbu (29), a Buddhist monk, died after setting himself on fire in Sichuan province’s Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture an ethnically Tibetan region.

2011       Aug 15  Nigerian guards in Borno state killed the 25-year-old man who was driving a sedan loaded with seven gas cylinders and cans of gasoline and gunpowder into a police headquarters hosting a recruitment drive. In the north gunmen attacked a microfinance bank, carting away bags of cash and bombing a police station when making their escape. Gunmen attacked two separate police stations across northern Nigeria, killing four police officers and two civilians in one attack while bombing a station in another.

2012       Aug 15  Raymond Roth (47) of Massapequa, NY, was taken into custody for faking a drowning to collect as much as $400,000 in life insurance.

2012       Aug 15  Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced a nearly $66 billion investment package to beef up the nation’s ailing road and rail systems, part of efforts to solve serious transportation bottlenecks and spur a sputtering economy.

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2012       Aug 15  In Yemen gunmen stormed a passenger plane after it landed in Aden, grabbed retired Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani, a former Yemeni navy commander and opposition leader, from his seat and spirited him away to an unknown destination.

2012       Aug 15  Zimbabwe’s Pres. Mugabe launched the national census, saying he hoped the once-a-decade count would measure the extent to which AIDS was affecting the population.

2014       Aug 15  Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was indicted over allegations he abused his power, prompting calls for him to resign. A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges — abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant — for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a democrat.

2014       Aug 15  Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told his counterpart Vladimir Putin that Western sanctions against Moscow and the food ban Russia introduced in response were damaging bilateral ties and proposed to seek ways to end the Ukraine crisis.


Source: Timelines of History