August 15 The Solemnity of the Assumption - For hundreds of years, Catholics observed the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15 — celebrating Mary’s being taken bodily to Heaven after her death — but it was not until 1950 that the Church proclaimed this teaching a dogma of the Church — one of the essential beliefs of the Catholic faith.
Four Black Tennis stars at the New York State Negro tennis championships, August 15, 1940. From left to right (the Corbis caption only names three): Jimmie McDaniels of Xavier U. and Los Angeles, CA (National Men’s singles and doubles champ). Flora Lomax and Detroit’s Public Parks Women’s doubles champ. Richard Cohen of Xavier U. and Denver CO., (partner of Jimmie McDaniels in Doubles and National men’s doubles champion).
President Barack Obama listens as first lady Michelle Obama introduces him at a campaign rally August 15, 2012 in Dubuque, Iowa. The stop was one of two scheduled for today as the president wraps up a three-day, nine-city campaign trip across Iowa. [Getty Images]
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 9: (FILE PHOTO) A high-angle view of a traffic jam on First Avenue during a power blackout, November 9, 1965 in New York City. The largest power blackout in the history of the U.S. affected a large part of the north eastern United States and Canada August 14, 2003 with power only beginning to come back in parts of the city early August 15, 2003. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)