What Happened in August 2014

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down
  • Aug 3 The Israeli Defence Force remove much of its ground forces from the Gaza Strip following the destruction of 32 tunnels built by Hamas and other militants
  • Aug 3 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel
  • Aug 4 Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 8 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • Aug 8 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • Aug 10 Israeli and Palestinian officials agree to another 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt
  • Aug 10 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by a policeman.
  • Aug 10 96th PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy shoots a 268 at Valhalla Golf Club
  • Aug 12 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • Aug 12 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus
  • Aug 13 Israeli and Palestinian cease fire agreed to on August 8 is extended for another 120 hours to provide time for further negotiations
  • Aug 19 The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans
  • Aug 21 Israeli airstrike in Rafah kills Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al Atar and Mohammed Barhoum - 3 of Hamas's top commanders
  • Aug 22 2nd Ebola death in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country
  • Aug 24 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Aug 25 66th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers broadcast on NBC

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • Aug 26 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa
  • Aug 26 Israel and Hamas accept another ceasefire
  • Aug 27 Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 27 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • Aug 27 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 Senegal is 5th country hit by Ebola
  • Aug 29 Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Actress Angelina Jolie (39) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (50) in Correns, France

Actress Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • Aug 30 NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade (32) weds actress Gabrielle Union (41) at Miami's Chateau Artisan castle
  • Aug 31 Model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds singer Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois
  • Aug 31 Singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • Aug 8 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Aug 9 Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man is shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest.
  • Aug 9 Ed Nelson, American actor, dies from heart failure at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suspected suicide at 63

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress (Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Aug 15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • Aug 15 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Aug 18 Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96
  • Aug 24 Richard Attenborough, English actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90
  • Aug 28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • Aug 29 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, dies from cancer at 70
  • Aug 31 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63