What Happened in August 2009

Historical Events

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Aug 4 Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Aug 15 Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009
  • Aug 15 12th World Championships in Athletics open at Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 16 91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 19 A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others
  • Aug 20 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • Aug 23 12th World Championships in Athletics close at Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 24 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Fashion model Rhea Durham (34) weds actor and producer Mark Wahlberg (41) at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • Aug 1 "Heroes" actress Ali Larter (33) weds stand-up comedian and actor Hayes MacArthur (32) in Kennebunkport, Maine

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Actress-comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub (38) weds personal trainer Matthew Rolph in an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas

  • Aug 8 International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City
  • Aug 15 Charmed actress Alyssa Milano (39) weds CAA agent David Bugliari in Bernardsville, New Jersey

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 15 Actor Joseph Fiennes (39) weds model María Dolores Diéguez in Tuscany, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Actress and model Milla Jovovich (36) weds film director Paul W. S. Anderson (47) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 Singer Davy Jones (63) weds Jessica Pacheco

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 24 American actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces TV personality Brandi Glanville (35) due to irreconcilable differences

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 28 Blake Fielder-Civil (27) divorces Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (25) due to adultery after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 1 Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines (1986-1992) (b. 1933)

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 4 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • Aug 5 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1914)
  • Aug 6 John Hughes, American film director (b. 1950)
  • Aug 6 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 7 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • Aug 7 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)
  • Aug 11 Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
  • Aug 12 Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)
  • Aug 12 Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) American musician and inventor aged 94
  • Aug 18 Kim Dae-jung,15th President of South Korea (b. 1925)
  • Aug 18 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • Aug 20 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • Aug 21 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • Aug 21 Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • Aug 22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 25 Edward [Ted] M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)
  • Aug 26 Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)
  • Aug 27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)
  • Aug 28 Adam Goldstein, American DJ also known as DJ AM (b. 1973)
  • Aug 28 DJ AM [ Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Aug 31 Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)