August 15 is the 227th day of the year. There are 138 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56)
+1519 – Panama City, Panama is founded.
+1914 – The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.
+1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.
+1939 – The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.
+1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.
+1969 – The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
( Births )
+1769 – Napoleon, French general and emperor (d. 1821)
+1961 – Gary Kubiak, American football player and coach
+1972 – Ben Affleck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
+1979 – Carl Edwards, American race car driver