What Happened on August 24, 2016

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri

Famous Deaths

  • Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97