Monday, August 15, 2011

August 15

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1 1040 King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland. Ciccone Youth Macbeth The Whitey Album
2 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. School of Seven Bells Windstorm Disconnect from Desire
3 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.) Fruup Wise as Wisdom Seven Secrets
4 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. Aki Tsuyuko Travel Alone (Fender Rhodes Version) Ongakushitsu
5 1843 The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States. Cathedral Introspect Stained Glass Stories
6 1914 A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground. Talking Heads Burning Down the House Speaking in Tongues
7 1941 Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason. Zola Jesus Tower Valusia
8 1948 The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Parallel or Together? The Tyranny of Distance
9 1965 The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, in an event later seen as marking the birth of stadium rock. Metric Stadium Love Fantasies
10 1977 The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project. Stereolab Wow and Flutter Mars Audiac Quintet

(Historical facts about August 15 are from Wikipedia.)

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