Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for August 15, 2019:
33rd calendar week, 227th day of the year
138 days left until the end of the year
Astrological sign Leo
Nameday: Mechthild, Rupert
2018 - In the birth register the entry of a third gender option is possible in the future. The Federal Cabinet decides on a bill which, in addition to «male» and «female», also includes the entry «divers».
2017 - Due to horrendous losses Germany's second largest airline Air Berlin announces bankruptcy after almost 40 years of operation.
2014 - The Karstadt owner Nicolas Berggruen sells the ailing Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH for one euro to the Austrian real estate investor René Benko.
2004 - Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein officially hands over his duties to his son, Hereditary Prince Alois Philipp Maria, but remains head of state.
1994 - One day after his arrest in Sudan, the internationally wanted terrorist "Carlos" (Ilich Ramírez Sánchez) is transferred to France.
1969 - The Woodstock Festival begins in Bethel, New York. 60,000 visitors were expected to attend the three-day open-air concert, but up to 500,000 rock fans appear.
1944 - Ten weeks after the Allied invasion of Normandy, around 200,000 Allied soldiers land on the Côte d'Azur as part of Operation Dragoon.
1914 - The Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific is released for shipping.
1534 - Ignatius of Loyola, a former Basque officer, praised in Paris with six friends poverty and celibacy. They lay the foundations for the "Society of Jesus", the Jesuit order.
1994 - Lina Magull (25), German national soccer player, FC Bayern Munich 1954 - Stieg Larsson, Swedish crime writer («Millennium Triology»: «Forgiveness», «Damnation», «Fate»), d. 2004 1944 - Gianfranco Ferré , Italian fashion designer, artistic director of the French fashion house Christian Dior 1989- 1996, died 2007 1944 - Sylvie Vartan (75), French singer ("Si je chante") 1769 - Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French 1804-1814 / 15, d 1821
1989 - Heinrich Krone, German politician (CDU), Federal Minister for special tasks 1961-1966; Chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group 1955-1961, b. 1895
1944 - Hans Bernd von Haeften, German resistance fighter, executed in Plötzensee, born. 1905