Historical Events for 15th August 2021

1549 – Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier comes ashore at Kagoshima (Traditional Japanese date: July 22, 1549).
1893 – US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea
1912 – Yankee Guy Zinn sets record by stealing home twice in a game
1914 – Panama Canal opens (under cost) with the SS Ancon making the 1st official steamship through the canal
1964 – Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ 3½”
1967 – UK’s Marine Offences Bill making pirate radio stations a crime goes into effect, pirate station Radio 355 closes down
1983 – Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
2004 – Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ’s Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield’s 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
2006 – Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass’ membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II
2019 – 60th annual finger wrestling (Fingerhakeln) championships takes place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, part of Partenkirchner Festival week

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