What Happened in August 2007

Historical Events

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 7 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Aug 8 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.
  • Aug 12 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 6 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
  • Aug 11 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
  • Aug 25 Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas
  • Aug 28 "Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman (40) weds Shannon Price (22) at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • Aug 2 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • Aug 2 Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)
  • Aug 2 Kay Dotrice, English repertory actress (b. 1929)
  • Aug 3 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • Aug 4 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 5 Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • Aug 5 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • Aug 6 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • Aug 6 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • Aug 7 Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director and producer. (b. 1917)
  • Aug 7 Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • Aug 8 Joybubbles, A notable phone phreak. (b. 1949)
  • Aug 8 Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 8 Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • Aug 9 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (b. 1922)
  • Aug 9 Akutsu Tetsuzo, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 James E. Faust, Second Councilor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (b. 1920)
  • Aug 10 Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • Aug 12 Merv Griffin, American television host and game show creator (b. 1925)
  • Aug 12 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • Aug 13 Brian Adams, aka Demolition Crush, American professional wrestler (b. 1964)
  • Aug 13 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • Aug 13 Yone Minagawa, Japanese woman, oldest person (114) (b. 1893)
  • Aug 13 Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • Aug 13 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 14 Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian composer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • Aug 15 John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • Aug 15 Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • Aug 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • Aug 16 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • Aug 16 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • Aug 16 The Missing Link, professional wrestler (b. 1939)
  • Aug 17 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • Aug 17 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • Aug 18 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff (b. 1938)
  • Aug 20 Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • Aug 20 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto (b. 1942)
  • Aug 21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • Aug 21 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • Aug 23 Robert Symonds, American actor (b. 1926)
  • Aug 24 Andrée P. Boucher, Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • Aug 24 Aaron Russo, American film producer and director (b.1943)
  • Aug 25 Ray Jones, English footballer (b. 1988)
  • Aug 26 Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)
  • Aug 26 Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (b. 1935)
  • Aug 27 Emma Penella, Spanish actress (b. 1930)
  • Aug 28 Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • Aug 28 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • Aug 28 Paul B. MacCready, Jr., American aeronautical engineer (b. 1925)
  • Aug 28 Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (b. 1984)
  • Aug 28 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 28 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1929)
  • Aug 28 Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • Aug 29 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • Aug 29 Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • Aug 29 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • Aug 29 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
  • Aug 30 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • Aug 30 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • Aug 31 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1928)