What Happened in August 2008

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 "Breaking Dawn", 4th book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown at midnight with a print run of 3.7 million copies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

  • Aug 6 Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia.
  • Aug 6 A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
  • Aug 7 Georgia launches a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, from Russian control, starting the South Ossetia War.
  • Aug 8 Georgian invasion into South Ossetia. Beginning of five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
  • Aug 8 29th Olympic Games opens at Beijing, China
  • Aug 10 90th PGA Championship: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Aug 13 The Baltic state slides into recession with a 0.9% fall in second-quarter GDP after a drop of 0.5% in the first quarter; it falls deeper into recession in the third quarter when the economy contracted 3.3%
  • Aug 15 Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discover the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 16 Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 18 President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigned due to pressure from opposition.
  • Aug 20 Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive.
  • Aug 24 29th Olympic Games closes at Beijing, China
  • Aug 24 Summer Olympics in Beijing becomes the most watched event on TV ever - nearly 5 billion, 70% of world's population
  • Aug 26 Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 27 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 27 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 7 Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Singer Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo cowboy Ty Murray (38) in the Bahamas

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage
  • Aug 19 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 2 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, dies at 89

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Aug 3 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • Aug 4 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard, American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 7 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
  • Aug 8 Orville Moody, American golfer (b. 1933)
  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • Aug 9 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(b. 1941)
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • Aug 13 Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 13 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • Aug 13 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • Aug 13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • Aug 15 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • Aug 15 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 17 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 20 Hua Guofeng, former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, succeeding Mao Zedong in 1976 and being replaced by Hu Yaobang in 1981 (b. 1921)
  • Aug 20 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • Aug 21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • Aug 23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • Aug 25 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • Aug 28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Killer Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Aug 31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)