August 15

August 15 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on August 15, include:

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15, 2016 (Catholic)
  • Chauvin Day - August 15
  • Cupcake Day (For the RSPCA) - August 15, 2016 (Third Monday in August)
  • Julia Child's Birthday 
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Day 
  • National Relaxation Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include August 15, are:

  • Feeding Pets of the Home Week - August 14-20, 2016 (Second Week in August)
  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)
  • National Motorcycle Week - August 14-20, 2016 (Second Week in August)
  • National Resurrect Romance Week - August 14-20 (Second Full Week in August)

2016 Monthly Holidays that include August 15, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • XXXI Summer Olympic Games 2016 - August 5-August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 15 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1769 - Napoleon, French general and emperor of France (d. 1821)
  • 1771 - Walter Scott, Scottish novelist and poet (Lady of Lake) (d. 1832)
  • 1860 - Florence Harding, American publisher and 31st First Lady of the United States from 1921-23 (d. 1924)
  • 1904 - George Klein, Canadian inventor who invented the motorized wheelchair (d. 1992)
  • 1912 - Julia Child, American chef and author (d. 2004)
  • 1923 - Rose Marie, American actress and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show)
  • 1925 - Mike Conners, American actor (Mannix)
  • 1950 - Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windor, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom and Olympic equestrian
  • 1964 - Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist, who co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband Bill Gates
  • 1968 - Debra Messing, American actress, singer, and producer (Will & Grace, The Starter Wife)
  • 1972 - Ben Affleck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Good Will Hunting, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor)
  • 1978 - Kerri Walsh Jennings - American beach volleyball player who along with her teammate Misty May-Treanor were the Olympic Gold Meadalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics
  • 1990 - Jennifer Lawrence, American actress (Hunger Games series, Silver Linings Playbook)

Famous Deaths

  • 1057 - Macbeth, King of Scotland (Subject of William Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth)
  • 1935 - Will Rogers, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1879)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1958 - Singer Buddy Holly marries receptionist Maria Elena Santiago
  • 2009 - Actress Alyssa Milano (Whose the Boss, Charmed) marries CAA agent David Bugliari

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The month of August is Family Meals Month!

The month of August is Family Meals Month! The family dinner meal is a great opportunity to come together as a family and talk and listen to each other!  Turn off the TV and the cell phones and sit down together and enjoy each other's company!

Kerry has put together some Family Dinner Tips on her Healthy Diet Habits website, to help bring your family together. Meals are not just about nourishing stomachs, but hearts also. Everyone needs self esteem, encouragement, and enjoyment! Your family is worth the added time of a daily family dinner!

This Day in History

  • 1248 - The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, in Cologne, Germany is laid. The Cathedral was built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men. Construction was stopped, but was eventually completed in 1880, and is Germany's most visited landmarks
  • 1519 - Panama City, Panama is founded.
  • 1843 - The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated.
  • 1843 - Tivoli Gardens opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world still intact.
  • 1914 - The Panama Canal opens to traffic
  • 1939 - The Wizard of Or premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 - Japan surrenders to end World War II
  • 1973 - The United States bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War ends
  • 2007 - An 8.0 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific Coast by Peru kills 514 and injures 1,090 particularly in the Ica region of Peru

This Day in Music

  • 1960 - It's Now or Never by Elvis Presley hits #1
  • 1964 - Everybody Loves Somebody by Dean Marin hits #1
  • 1964 - Three Dog Night's self-title album is certified gold
  • 1965 - The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York
  • 1968 - Rocky Raccoon is recorded by The Beatles
  • 1969 - The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State at Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm
  • 1981 - Endless Love, a duet sung by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie tops the Hot 100 where it stays for 9 weeks
  • 2007 - The Osmonds reunite to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS.

30 years ago today, on August 15, Careless Whisper by George Michael went to #1 on the United Kingdom charts and remained on top for three weeks.

This Day in Sports

  • 1886 - Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game, and has been thought the best combination Pitcher and Hitter during the 19th century
  • 1912 - Yankee Guy Zinn sets a record by stealing home two times in one game
  • 1931 - Ernest Lassy completes the longest canoe journey of 6,102 miles without stopping at a port
  • 1950 - The Cleveland Indians make their 1st triple play at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1970 - Patricia Palinkas becomes the 1st woman to play American football professionally
  • 1990 - Mark McGwire is the 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons
  • 1997 - Dan Wilson hits the Settle Mariners 3,000th HR

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Avail (verb)

1. (transitive, often reflexive) To turn to the advantage of.
2. (transitive) To be of service to.

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