What Happened in August 2012

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Typhoon Saola kills 82 people and displaces over 150,000 in the Philippines, Taiwan and China
  • Aug 1 8 Women's badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 summer Olympics for "not using one's best efforts to win a match"
  • Aug 2 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Aug 3 United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria
  • Aug 4 45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen
  • Aug 4 South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee to compete at the Olympics
  • Aug 5 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • Aug 5 19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk
  • Aug 5 General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United
  • Aug 6 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century
  • Aug 7 21 people are killed by a gun attack in a church in Okene, Nigeria
  • Aug 7 Heavy rain forces 20,000 people to flee their homes in Manila, Phillipines
  • Aug 7 200,000 people are evacuated from Shanghai in anticipation of Typhoon Haikui
  • Aug 8 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • Aug 8 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • Aug 9 The death toll from the Philippines' floods rise to 70

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 11 153 people are killed and 1300 injured in Tabriz and Ahar, Iran after two earthquakes of up to 6.4 magnitude
  • Aug 11 13 people are killed and 15 injured by a lightning strike at a Mosque in Bangladesh
  • Aug 12 94th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 275 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Aug 12 30th Olympic Games closes at London, United Kingdom
  • Aug 13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test
  • Aug 14 46 people are killed and 80 injured after a series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan
  • Aug 14 Hungary falls back into recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012 following a fall of 1.0% in the first quarter
  • Aug 15 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
  • Aug 16 113 people are killed and over 200 wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq
  • Aug 16 South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people
  • Aug 17 Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are jailed for two years
  • Aug 17 Gay pride events are banned for a century in Moscow
  • Aug 18 Al-Qaeda militants kill 14 people in an attack in Aden, Yemen
  • Aug 18 NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan
  • Aug 19 32 people are killed after a plane crash in Talodi, Sudan
  • Aug 20 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Aug 20 South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England
  • Aug 21 20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus
  • Aug 22 47 people are killed in the Syrian civil war
  • Aug 22 48 people are killed in Kenyan tribal wars between the Pokomo and Orma
  • Aug 22 Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization
  • Aug 23 Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia
  • Aug 23 At least 30 are killed as a result of monsoon rain in Rajasthan, India
  • Aug 24 Monsoon rains and floods kill 26 people in Pakistan
  • Aug 24 Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
  • Aug 24 Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court
  • Aug 24 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
  • Aug 25 330 people are killed as a result of conflict in the Syrian civil war
  • Aug 25 85,000 people are displaced by severe floods in Myanmar
  • Aug 25 39 people are killed and 80 are injured after a gas leak in North Venezuelan refinery
  • Aug 25 Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977)
  • Aug 26 17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization
  • Aug 26 36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China
  • Aug 26 A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 26 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • Aug 27 First interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover Curiosity

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 28 Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the United States Republican Party's candidate

Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • Aug 29 Georgian hostage crisis results in 3 police officers and 10 militants being killed
  • Aug 29 Operation Eagle, undertaken by the Egyptian Army, results in the deaths of 11 suspected terrorists and the arrest of another 23
  • Aug 29 Banana Spider venom is found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Aug 29 69th Venice Film Festival: "Pieta" directed by Kim Ki-duk wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 30 Cholera outbreak kills 229 people in Sierra Leone
  • Aug 30 A blast in the in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Aug 31 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 31 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

  • Aug 9 "Martin" and "Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds St. John's University's basketball assistant coach Rico Hines at Oasis Oceanfront Estate in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 11 "The Hangover" actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis (42) weds co-founder of the Growing Voices charity Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada
  • Aug 18 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California
  • Aug 18 Former "Martin and Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds Rico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 26 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California
  • Aug 26 "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd (32) weds British TV presenter Dawn Porter (33) at an intimate ceremony with family and friends in London

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3 Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Aug 14 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married
  • Aug 20 The man known primarily for gatecrashing the White House, Tareq Salahi (42) divorces socialite Michaele Salahi (46) due to adultery, desertion and construction desertion
  • Aug 22 "General Hospital" actress Vanessa Marcil (39) divorces actor Carmine Giovinazzo (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • Aug 6 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer/violinist, dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 6 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • Aug 13 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player and manager, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Ron Palillo, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Aug 15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • Aug 15 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • Aug 16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • Aug 18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, American director, commits suicide at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 20 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Aug 20 Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 20 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96
  • Aug 21 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Aug 22 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87
  • Aug 23 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • Aug 23 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Aug 24 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 25 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Aug 28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44