Nations that celebrate Independence Day on August 15:
Bahrain announced independence from British Rule on August 15, 1971, though the Shah of Iran was still declaring actual sovereignty over Bahrain. Bahrain finally approved a new treaty of friendship with the United Kingdom and later entered the United Nations and the Arab league.
- North Korea & South Korea
•North Korea and South Korea were created after the division of Korea at the end of World War II in 1945 after the capitulation of Japan.
•Japan’s surrender had directed to the division of Korea at the 38th parallel, with the Soviet Union controlling the north and the United States holding the south.
•However, both Soviet Union and the United States declined to accept on a way to unite the country. They built two separate governments in 1948, the Soviet-aligned Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Western-aligned Republic of Korea. Each of the two governments claimed to be the rightful government of the whole of Korea.
•Kim Il-sung led North Korea until his passing in 1994 and he was replaced by his son Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-il’s third son Kim Jong-un was proposed as his successor in September 2010. Kim Jong-un formally took over the power after his father’s passing on December 17, 2011.
•South Korea was also made with the Japanese capitulation on September 2, 1945. Both South Korea and North Korea are completely different countries, notwithstanding having the same people and the same peninsula.
Liechtenstein, which is one of the smallest countries in the world, obtained independence from German rule in 1866. The nation celebrates August 15 as its Independence Day since 1940. The government of the Principality of Liechtenstein officially had announced August 15 to be the country’s national celebration on August 5, 1940.
- Republic of Congo
The Republic of Congo was under French colonial rule since the late 1800s. It ultimately achieved independence on August 15, 1960. The country is adjoined by Gabon to the west, Cameroon to its northwest and Central African and Central African Republic to the northeast and DR Congo to the southeast.