What Happened on August 11, 2003

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
  • Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

Famous Deaths

  • Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks