Historical Events in August 2005

  • Aug 3 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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Aug 4 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
  • Aug 6 10th World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 7 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 100m
  • Aug 11 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 200m
  • Aug 12 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • Aug 12 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
  • Aug 12 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • Aug 12 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • Aug 14 10th World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland

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

  • Aug 16 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • Aug 17 The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • Aug 18 Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
  • Aug 18 Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • Aug 19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • Aug 19 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.
  • Aug 23 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
  • Aug 23 TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
  • Aug 29 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.
  • Aug 31 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
  • Aug 31 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion