What Happened in August 2007

Historical Events

  • 1st The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
  • 4th NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.

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7th Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

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7th "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

  • 8th An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
  • 12th Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

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12th 89th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 272 at Southern Hills Country Club

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Tiger Woods
  • 14th The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 400 people.
  • 15th An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  • 21st Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
  • 22nd The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • 22nd The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • 24th 11th World Championships in Athletics open at Osaka, Japan
  • 29th A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • 29th 64th Venice Film Festival: "Lust, Caution" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

Famous Weddings

  • 6th NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai
  • 11th U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • 25th Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas
  • 28th "Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman (40) weds Shannon Price (22) at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Famous Divorces

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10th Actor Johnathon Schaech (37) divorces actress Christina Applegate (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • 2nd Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • 2nd Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)
  • 2nd Kay Dotrice, English repertory actress (b. 1929)
  • 3rd John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • 4th Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 5th Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • 5th Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • 6th Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 6th Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 7th Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)
  • 7th Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director and producer. (b. 1917)
  • 7th Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • 8th Joybubbles, A notable phone phreak. (b. 1949)
  • 8th Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • 8th Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 9th Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (b. 1922)
  • 9th Akutsu Tetsuzo, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • 10th Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • 10th James E. Faust, Second Councilor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (b. 1920)
  • 10th Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • 12th Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator (b. 1925)
  • 12th Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • 13th Brian Adams, aka Demolition Crush, American professional wrestler (b. 1964)
  • 13th Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • 13th Yone Minagawa, Japanese woman, oldest person (114) (b. 1893)
  • 13th Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 14th Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian composer (b. 1913)
  • 15th Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • 15th John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • 15th Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • 15th Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • 16th Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 16th Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • 16th The Missing Link, professional wrestler (b. 1939)
  • 17th Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 17th Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • 18th Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff (b. 1938)
  • 20th Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • 20th Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto (b. 1942)
  • 21st Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 21st Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • 23rd Robert Symonds, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 24th Andrée P. Boucher, Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • 24th Aaron Russo, American film producer and director (b.1943)
  • 25th Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • 26th Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)
  • 26th Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (b. 1935)
  • 27th Emma Penella, Spanish actress (b. 1930)
  • 28th Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • 28th Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • 28th Paul B. MacCready, Jr., American aeronautical engineer (b. 1925)
  • 28th Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (b. 1984)
  • 28th Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • 28th Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1929)
  • 28th Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • 29th Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • 29th Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • 29th Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • 29th James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
  • 30th Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • 30th Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 31st Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • 31st Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1928)