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August 15 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 15. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 83 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 636
    Arab–Byzantine wars: The Battle of Yarmouk between Byzantine Empire and Rashidun Caliphate begins.
  • 717
    Arab–Byzantine wars: Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik begins the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople, which will last for nearly a year.
  • 718
    Arab–Byzantine wars: Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople.
  • 747
    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.
  • 778
    The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland is killed.
  • 927
    The Saracens conquer and destroy Taranto.
  • 982
    Holy Roman Emperor Otto II is defeated by the Saracens in the Battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria
  • 1018
    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.
  • 1038
    King Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, dies; his nephew, Peter Orseolo, succeeds him.
  • 1040
    King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.
  • 1057
    King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.
  • 1070
    The Pavian-born Benedictine Lanfranc is appointed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury in England.
  • 1185
    The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
  • 1237
    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.
  • 1248
    The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
  • 1261
    Michael VIII Palaiologos is crowned Byzantine emperor in Constantinople.
  • 1281
    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.
  • 1309
    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.
  • 1430
    Francesco Sforza, lord of Milan, conquers Lucca.
  • 1461
    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.
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