August 15 in history

August 15 events chronologically

636 Arab–Byzantine wars: The Battle of Yarmouk between Byzantine Empire and Rashidun Caliphate begins
717 Arab–Byzantine wars: Maslamah 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

Top 7 most famous people born on August 15

1769 Napoleon a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815. He implemented a wide array of liberal reforms across Europe, as summarized by historian Andrew Roberts:
1771 Walter Scott a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet.
1872 Sri Aurobindo an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule, for a while became one of its influential leaders and then became a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution
1892 Louis de Broglie a French physicist who made groundbreaking contributions to quantum theory. In his 1924 PhD thesis he postulated the wave nature of electrons and suggested that all matter has wave properties
1944 Yoweri Museveni a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986.
1972 Ben Affleck an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He has received two Academy Awards, for writing and producing, and three Golden Globe Awards for his work as a director, writer, and producer
1990 Jennifer Lawrence an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She subsequently appeared in the independent films The Burning Plain and Winter's Bone , for which she received her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination; at the time, she was the second youngest person to receive a nomination in the category

Top 7 most famous people died on August 15

423 Honorius (emperor) Western Roman Emperor from 395 to 423. He was the younger son of emperor Theodosius I and his first wife Aelia Flaccilla, and brother of Arcadius, who was the Eastern Emperor from 395 until his death in 408
1038 Stephen I of Hungary the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians between 997 and 1000 or 1001, and the first King of Hungary from 1000 or 1001 until his death in 1038. The year of his birth is uncertain, but many details of his life suggest that he was born in or after 975 in Esztergom. At his birth, he was given the pagan name Vajk. The date of his baptism is unknown. He was the only son of Grand Prince Géza and his wife, Sarolt, who was descended from the prominent family of the gyulas. Although both of his parents were baptized, Stephen was the first member of his family to become a devout Christian. He married Gisela of Bavaria, a scion of the imperial Ottonian dynasty
1118 Alexios I Komnenos Byzantine emperor from 1081 to 1118. Although he was not the founder of the Komnenian dynasty, it was during his reign that the Komnenos family came to full power. Inheriting a collapsing empire and faced with constant warfare during his reign against both the Seljuq Turks in Asia Minor and the Normans in the western Balkans, Alexios was able to halt the Byzantine decline and begin the military, financial, and territorial recovery known as the Komnenian restoration. His appeals to Western Europe for help against the Turks were also the catalyst that likely contributed to the convoking of the Crusades
1935 Will Rogers an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s
1936 Grazia Deledda an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926 "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general". She was the first Italian woman to receive this honor
1967 René Magritte a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. His work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality
1975 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a preeminent Bengali nationalist leader of Bangladesh. He headed the Awami League and was the first President of Bangladesh during the Bangladesh Liberation War, and later became Prime Minister in independent Bangladesh. He is popularly referred to as Sheikh Mujib , with the honorary title of Bangabandhu. His eldest daughter, Sheikh Hasina, is the present leader of the Awami League and the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh