Historical Events in August 2016

  • Aug 1 Anthrax outbreak in Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia kills one and infects 8 others, also kills 2,300 reindeer, global warming blamed
  • Aug 5 31st Summer Olympics offically opens in MaracanĂ£ Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 9 Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years
  • Aug 11 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists
  • Aug 12 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini

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Aug 12 American swimmer Katie Ledecky's medal tally of 4 golds, 1 silver make her the most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics, highest female of Rio games and 1st swimmer to win 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at same Olympics since 1968

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky

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Aug 13 American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at Rio Olympics winning 4x100 medley relay, his 23rd Gold medal, as world's most decorated Olympian

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Aug 14 Usain Bolt wins 100m Olympic gold at Rio - 1st man to win this event 3 times

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 16 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people

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Aug 16 "When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
  • Aug 17 Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes
  • Aug 20 Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • Aug 21 31st Summer Olympics closes at MaracanĂ£ Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 24 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri
  • Aug 24 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • Aug 26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US
  • Aug 29 Italian coastguard says 6,500 migrants rescued at sea in 40 separate incidents in 1 day off coast of Sabratha, Libya
  • Aug 31 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office