On this day

In 2015, North Korea moved its clock back half an hour to establish Pyongyang Time. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 15 August?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 2015, North Korea moved its clock back half an hour to establish Pyongyang Time. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 15 AUGUST

1990 | At least 150 150 people died in the fighting between the ANC and the IFP.

2015 | North Korea moved its clock back half an hour to establish Pyongyang Time.

1962 | The Liquor Laws Amendment Bill came into effect on this day.

2013 | At least 27 people were killed and 226 were wounded in an explosion in southern Beirut close to a complex used by Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. 

2013 | The Smithsonian announced the discovery of the olinguito, the newest carnivorous species found in the Americas in 35 years.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1924 | English playwright and screenwriter, Robert Bolt, died in 1995. 

1969 | Argentine footballer, Carlos Roa. 

1925 | Former president of the ANC Women’s League, Gertrude Shope.

1948 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Tom Johnston.

1938 | American educator and politician, Maxine Waters.

1950 | American baseball player, Tom Kelly.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2015 | Pakistani general, Hamid Gul, 79.

1989 | Greek general and diplomat, Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, 92.

2013 | Spanish businesswoman, co-founded Inditex and Zara, Rosalía Mera, 69.

1975 | American businessman, Clay Shaw, 62.

1981 | Norwegian gynecologist and academic, Jørgen Løvset, 85.

SPORTS

2004 | The 4 x 100m men’s relay team won the gold medal for SA at the Olympic Games in Athens on this day.

ENTERTAINMENT

2003 | On this day, “The Cheetah Girls” was released for the first time. It was directed by Oz Scott.

AFRICA FACT

In the 1960s Zambia had a space program, but it was not very successful. Zambia aimed to beat the Americans and the Russians to be the first to send a man to land on the moon.