A dangerous typhoon, the birth of Napoleon and an early Bible: 3 things that happened On This Day 15 August

What happened on this day in history? We round up three famous events: births, freak-weather and the first printed Bible


15 August

1456: The earliest copy of the Guttenberg Bible, the first book printed from a movable type, was dated by hand. The exact publication date is unknown.


1769: Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, the second son of lawyer Carlo Buonaparte and his wife Marie-Letizia.

1281: An enormous fleet sent by Mongol emperor Kublai Khan to conquer Japan was destroyed in a typhoon, which the Japanese described as a ‘Divine Wind’ or Kamikaze.


Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules