Historical Events in August 2005

  • 3rd President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.

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4th Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaƫlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General.

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • 6th 10th World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 7th 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 100m
  • 11th 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 200m
  • 12th Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • 12th An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
  • 12th Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • 12th An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • 14th 10th World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland

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15th 87th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club

  • 16th West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • 17th The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 18th Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
  • 18th Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • 19th The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • 19th A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.
  • 23rd Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
  • 23rd TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
  • 29th Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
  • 31st A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
  • 31st 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion