Historical Events in August 2012

  • 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)