Historical Events in August 2015

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Aug 3 US President Obama unveils his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 3 The Athens Stock Exchange re-opens after a month & falls by 22%
  • Aug 4 A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared

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Aug 4 Robert Downey Jr. named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). 4 non-Hollywood actors make the top 10.

  • Aug 4 Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter
  • Aug 4 31 people are killed & 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Aug 5 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
  • Aug 5 Fishing boat carrying around 600 migrants sinks of the coast of Libya, 373 rescued
  • Aug 6 Eqyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurates the Suez Canal Expansion at a ceremony in Ismaïlia
  • Aug 6 World's largest ever Pinball tournament Pinburgh with 700 machines held in Pittsburgh
  • Aug 6 Republican Presidental nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 6 Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time

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Aug 7 US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Mergyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Aug 9 At Ferguson anniversary of the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, a man is shot and a state of emergency declared
  • Aug 10 Google announces its restructure as Alphabet, a holding company with Google, YouTube, Android and Chrome as subsidiaries
  • Aug 11 Spain's top matador Francisco “Paquirri” Rivera Ordóñez is gored and injured by a bull in Huesca
  • Aug 11 Greek Debt crisis: European Commission announces a bailout with Greece and its creditors has been agreed "in principle"
  • Aug 11 Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx
  • Aug 11 Japan's Sendai Nuclear Power Plant restarts the first nuclear reactor since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
  • Aug 12 In London archaeologists discover a mass grave of 30 bodies from the 1665 plague
  • Aug 12 Large series of explosions in Tianjin, China leave at least 50 dead and 700 injured in an industrial accident
  • Aug 12 China cuts its currency the yuan for the 2nd day in a row to boast exports

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Aug 12 Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

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Aug 13 Swedish Prosecutors announce they are dropping allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of sexual molestation and coercion

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange

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Aug 13 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Aug 13 76 people are killed & 212 are wounded by an ISIL truck bomb in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Aug 14 Most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed on Patrick Hardison by Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez at New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Aug 15 North Korea creates its own time zone -moving its clocks back half an hour to GMT+8.5
  • Aug 16 'Batman' samaritan Lenny B. Robinson is killed in a car accident in Maryland
  • Aug 16 97th PGA Championship: Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par at Whistling Straits in Kohler
  • Aug 17 Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100
  • Aug 17 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • Aug 17 World's first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
  • Aug 17 Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict
  • Aug 19 US Food and Drug administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi
  • Aug 20 30 students at West Point Military Academy are injured in a mass pillow fight
  • Aug 21 Terrorist attack on train between Amsterdam and Paris thwarted by 4 passengers overpowering gunman
  • Aug 21 Oldest "message in a bottle" - more than 108 years after put in sea by UK Marine Biological Association announced found on beach in Amrum, Germany
  • Aug 21 1st British unmanned drone hit on UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria
  • Aug 21 European Refugee Crisis: Germany makes it easier for Syrian refugees to claim asylum by suspending their Dublin Regulations
  • Aug 22 15th World Championships in Athletics open at Beijing, China
  • Aug 22 A vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashes onto the A27 dual carriageway road during the Shoreham airshow in Britain killing at least 11
  • Aug 23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 23 Destruction by IS of the 1st century AD temple of Baalshamin in ancient ruins of Palmyra confirmed by Syrian officials
  • Aug 23 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th-century painting "Flowers" by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5m at exhibition in Taiwan
  • Aug 24 China stock market's "Black Monday", Shanghai Composite loses 8.5%, sending other international markets lower

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Aug 24 Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking

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Aug 24 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Aug 26 WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia
  • Aug 27 Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos names top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou caretaker Prime Minister - Greece's 1st female Prime Minister

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Aug 27 15th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

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Aug 27 "The Shepherd's Crown" by Terry Pratchett published by Doubleday, 5 months after the author's death, last book in the Discworld series

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Aug 30 15th World Championships in Athletics close at Beijing, China
  • Aug 30 English author Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) reveals that he worked for MI6 for more than 20 years
  • Aug 30 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad calls for the removal of current Prime Minister Najib Razak during 2nd day of street protests

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Aug 30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
  • Aug 31 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured
  • Aug 31 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name
  • Aug 31 US President Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change